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The Baseball Playbook includes:
- Baseball Policies & Regulations
- Player Meetings & Information Sheets
- Baseball Offensive/Defensive Sign Structure for Game Situations
- Structured Baseball Practice Sessions
- Outfield/Infield Drills
- Fundamental Drill Series 1 & 2
- Bunt Defenses
- Pick-Off Plays
- Fly-Ball Communication
- Baserunning Drills & Fundamentals
- 1B + 3B Coaching Guidelines
- Hitting Mechanics, Fundamentals, and Strategy
- Production Rating System
- Common Mental and Physical Faults & Corrections
- Sacrifice, Drag, and Push Bunting
- Pitching Mechanics, Fundamentals, and Strategy
- Catching Mechanics, Fundamentals, and Strategy
- Infield & Outfield Play
- Game Administration
- Establishing Rapport with Umpires
- Coach-Athlete Communication Systems
- Psychological Considerations in Coaching Baseball
- Baseball Scoring & Statistical Analysis
- Baseball Field Maintenance
- and much more...
About Coach Polk
Coach Ron Polk was a long-time head baseball coach at Mississippi State and is considered, by some, to be the 'Father of Southeastern Conference Baseball'. Polk compiled one of the most successful winning records, as a head coach, in both MSU and Southeastern Conference history. He currently ranks 9th on the all-time wins list nationally for 10+ year Division I coaches. His teams won five SEC championships and five SEC tournament championships. His teams participated in the NCAA tournament twenty-three times, and reached the College World Series eight times.
He is one of only three coaches in college baseball history to coach at three different schools that have played in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Georgia Southern University – 1973; Mississippi State University – 1979, 1981, 1985, 1990, 1997, 2007; University of Georgia – 2001. He coached teams that played in Omaha over a period of five decades (nine appearances) including as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona in 1966.
Coach Polk has also completed seven tours on the U.S.A. National baseball team coaching staff serving as the head coach two times and as an assistant five times. He has coached in the Olympic Games two times - once in Seoul, South Korea in 1988 when the team won the gold medal and the other in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996 when the team won the Bronze medal.
Since retiring from head coaching, Coach Polk is still heavily involved in college baseball to this day. He is currently on staff with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers baseball team as a Volunteer Assistant alongside the Blazers head coach Brian Shoop, a former MSU assistant under Coach Polk. Coach Polk now spends his summers coaching in the Cape Cod summer league as an assistant coach with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks baseball team.