GOAL: Continue repetitions of infield and outfield fielding at the same time while still teaching proper techniques. This will help the practice to move faster.
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 (Warm Ups)
Players should be getting more accurate with their throws. Pair off the players with each other 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; 20–25 throws should be sufficient.
Using adults as back-ups to cover errant throws would be helpful. Remember, the more throws, the better.
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 25 Minutes (Infield and Outfield Positions Working With Coaches)
One coach hits ground balls to the infielders and one coach hits pop flies to the outfielders. This allows repetition of grounders and fly balls to the various positions. Keep the focus on proper technique.
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. Make sure the players and parents know that you will work on sliding at the next practice.
Practice 8: Infield and Outfield
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...