Rookies Training Course

Ideal for first time coaches.  Includes fun, easy to learn drills, and coaching resources.  


Rookies Training Course

Ideal for Coaches of 6-8 year olds. Includes fun, easy to learn drills, and coaching techniques.


Rookie Training Course



 The Rookies Course assists coaches working with the beginner level player.  This course explains both the correct mechanics of each skill set as well as the drills used to teach it. This introductory course teaches the fundamentals of the game with an emphasis on simplicity and keeping the game and practice fun, upbeat and energetic!

The coursework includes:

  • 38 HD Training Videos
  •  5 Sample Practice Plans
  • Sample Line-up Card
  • Pre-Game Warm-up Routine
  • Field Utilization Chart

Discover! How to teach fun baseball drills and fundamentals in one weekend!

We Make Coaching Easy and Fun

We Teach Fundamentals

We’ll show you the best way to teach the fundamentals from Hitting, Catching and Pitching to Fielding and Base Running.

Easy and Fun Drills

We provide you with fun drills and practice plans that will keep your players engaged!

Coaching Resources

We provide you with the resources you need including: Practice Plans, Line-up Cards, and more!

Who Are We?

Duke Baxter is CEO and Head Coach at Zoned Sports Academy as well a bestselling author, an inventor, entrepreneur, and most importantly husband and dad of four. Duke holds numerous hitting records at the University of North Florida and spent four years playing professional baseball.

Steve Nikorak professional career includes the Chicago White Sox, Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League), St. Paul Saint’s (American Association) and New Jersey Jackals (Can-Am League). He has a degree from Temple University. Steve is a bestselling author, Coach and instrumental in Business Development at Zoned Sports Academy.

Baxter and Nikorak share a love of baseball and desire to keep kids in the game by teaching the fundamentals and keeping the game fun!

We wrote our book because each year we run free coach’s clinics for neighboring Little Leagues, educating their coaches, most of whom are parents and have never coached before. In most cases, these parents have volunteered their time because their child has asked them to coach their team. Without knowing what to do next, they attend our coach’s clinic.

After taking a 90-minute crash course in coaching, they realize they aren’t nearly as prepared as they hoped they would be. They needed more information. They needed more drills. They needed help utilizing assistant coaches and volunteer parents. They needed help motivating their players. Most of all, they needed help keeping 12 kids engaged, all at once in a sport where there tends to be a lot of standing around.


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Praise from Customers & Colleagues

“When it comes to coaching, it’s vital to have the knowledge and insights to the game to lay out a plan for player development. Every successful baseball coach is also a humble student of the game. “Taking on the Title of Coach” is a valuable and comprehensive guide for coaches to use as a reference to TEACH the fundamental and advanced aspects of the game.”

Chris Blaquiere

Florida State College Jacksonville-Retired Head Coach

“Throughout my three decades as an owner in professional baseball, I’ve developed a tremendous appreciation for youth coaching. A good coach instills a love for the game that will last a lifetime. A great coach, armed with a plan and a positive outlook, can influence his or her players long after they leave the field. Duke Baxter and Steve Nikorak are GREAT coaches. “

Jeff Goldklang

President, Goldklang Group of Professional Baseball

“I was lucky enough to have Duke Baxter as a player at UNF. Not only for his talent as a baseball player but for his love of the game. He’s an exceptional instructor for all ages of players and his reputation as a coach and as a teacher are outstanding. I’m proud to say I coached Duke.”

Dusty Rhodes

Retired Coach, University of North Florida

“I purchased your course and I gotta say that it s amazing!! I am really impressed. Great videos, simple to understand and effective. This is my 2nd year as a little league coach and Ive been able to learn and use this to implement to our team and to my son. It s well worth it. Ty guys & Keep it up!!”

Omar Morales