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
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
Next 30 Minutes (Live Game Situation With Coach Pitching From the
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
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