GOAL: Working the infielders and
outfielders at the same time.
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
The last 15 tosses should be long
tosses – as far as can be thrown.
Next 3 Minutes (Water Break)
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 (Station Drills)
Station 1 (fielding): With starting infielders in their
positions, continue to work on ground balls with players throwing to each
coach continues to watch players to make sure they are using proper
techniques of keeping glove down on ground balls and stepping and throwing to
Station 2 (hitting): The remaining players continue to work on hitting technique
by hitting off the tee.
It is imperative that the players
use 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.
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