Play Baseball the Ripken Way: The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Fundamentals
Every year, hundreds of thousands of children play “Cal Ripken Baseball” in the largest division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. Play Baseball the Ripken Way is the ultimate guide to playing the game, by one of the sport’s living legends.
Baseball is America’s national pastime, but that doesn’t mean we’re all born naturals. Kids of all ages (and their parents) are eager to improve specific skills, and now they can learn from one of the most respected baseball families in history. Cal and Bill Ripken have written a thoroughly illustrated instructional book that clearly explains proper baseball fundamentals—hitting, fielding, baserunning, pitching, and much more.
Based on the teachings of the late Cal Ripken, Sr., a player, coach, manager, and scout in the Baltimore Orioles system for thirty-seven years, Play Baseball the Ripken Way shows players just what they need to do to be their best while maintaining a sense of fun and accomplishment with every new lesson. The Ripken Way consists of the following principles:
*Keep It Simple: Teaching that is too complicated is difficult to remember and can result in frustration.
*Explain Why: A teacher who cannot explain why is not truly teaching. Lessons that make sense will stick with players.
*Celebrate the Individual: No two players are alike, so why treat them as if they are?
*Make It Fun: The game gets serious enough quickly enough on its own. Drills and instruction should be structured so that players can enjoy themselves while learning.
The book also includes tips for parents and coaches, practice workouts, and drills for players of every level.
From the Hardcover edition.
By L. Smith - March 21, 2005
A previous reviewer asks, "What would you expect from Cal Ripken?" Well, from any major league player, I would expect a half baked, ghosted book with a lot of reminiscenses and some trite advice. Fortunately, that is not the case with this book. The Ripkens have obviously thought deeply about the fundamentals of baseball and how to teach them to young players. They boil the instruction down to the essence, and explain why. For example, I have always heard "get your butt down," to field a ground ball. The Ripkens explain that's so you can see the ball better as it comes to you. How many times have you heard coaches tell young players to "get the back elbow up" when hitting? I know that's wrong - now I know why it's wrong.
All in all, this a great instructional book. It really does stress the fundamentals and doesn't get bogged down in the details only a double A player would care about.
By "majher" - April 27, 2004
Coach John Wooden said a good player with good fundamentals will become a good player and a good player with great fundamentals will become a great player. If you're like me, a Father of a 10-year-old boy who loves playing baseball and you have been looking for that one book that can show you the fundamentals of baseball from hitting to fielding and pitching. Look no further, because this book has everything you will need and a whole lot more. The Ripkens have put together a baseball book that tells the how to, in an approach easy to understand and not only the how to but the why, which as Cal points out, all kids ask. Many thanks to the Ripken family from late Father Cal to sons Cal and Billy and their fine staff who have put together a great baseball book of fundamentals for the Father, Coach and ballplayer.
What You would Expect from Cal Ripken: Excellent
By J. Robinson - December 18, 2005
I am a baseball fan. I played as a kid and go to seem MLB games in my home town of Toronto. We are in the same conference as the Baltimore Orioles (American League East), Cal's old team so I saw him play quite a bit. He is a graceful and thoughtful player. His four trademarks were a love of the game, natural ability, a lot of practice, a thinking player, and he has a lot of experience. Also he comes from a baseball family. In short he is among the best all round players to have ever played the games and to our benefit he stayed late after every game signing autographs - a rarity today.
If I was going to pick one recent player to write a book an learning baseball he would be the man. He has intelligence, experience and the love for the game. Many other players might be faster, or better hitters, etc. but he was the total package, a guy that could pace himself on and off the field and a person that really loved the game and cared for the fans.