GOAL: Players continue to learn how to play in live game situations, using pitching from the mound (by the coach or the pitcher if it is older ages). This gives the coach time to observe and see where improvements need to be made.
First 5 Minutes
Talk to the players and encourage them to work hard and have fun. Concentrate on better technique today and tell the players what will be done during this practice.
Next 5 Minutes (Stretching)
Stretch legs for two minutes and stretch arms for two minutes. Stretching prepares the muscles to prevent injury. The last minute should be used to jog around the field once.
Next 10 Minutes (Tossing)
Pair off the players and line them up 10 to 12 feet apart. Make sure there is enough room to consider errant throws. Have them toss the ball back and forth. It is helpful to have parents chase errant throws. Remember, the more throws the better.
Next 3 Minutes (Water Break)
- The last 15 tosses should be long tosses – as far as can be thrown.
Give the players time to break for water. It is extremely important for the players to remain hydrated at all times. But have them hustle back to the field.Next 30 Minutes (Live Game Simulation)
Keep working as though it's game day. In between hitters, keep the outfielders occupied by having a coach or parent continue to throw pop flies to them. This helps to improve their defensive play. The coach should concentrate on what skills still need improvement.End of Practice
End practice with a lap around the bases. Then, while the players are drinking water, huddle them together for a talk. Take this time to recognize the work that was done well, but also discuss what needs improvement. Ask for feedback from the players. Then tell them the next practice (or game) time and follow up with an email to their parents.