GOAL: Players continue to learn how to play in live game situations, using pitching from the mound (by the coach). 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. As the arms become loose, have them move farther away from each other. It is helpful to have parents chase errant throws. Remember, the more throws the better. At this point, accuracy should be getting better with not many errant throws.
The last 15 tosses should be long tosses - as far as can be thrown.
Next 3 Minutes (Water Break)
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 Situation With Coach Pitching From the Mound)
This excites the team because the practice is almost like a game. Players at this age love to play the infield. This is a good time to do that as long as there are no safety issues. If necessary, have another water break during the live game situation.
This allows time to make further position changes if necessary.
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. Tell the players the next practice (or game) time and follow up with an email to their parents.
Practice 16: Game Situations
Welcome to the wonderful world of Coaching Youth Baseball! We've designed this plan for coaches, parents and volunteers who want to learn more about baseball while developing their ability to teach youth players. Take pride in the commitment you've made to the youngsters. This plan is specifically intended for use at the beginning of the Kids Pitch levels of youth baseball, or what we've titled...