GOAL: Continue to work on live game
situations and make sure outfielders are staying busy by catching fly balls
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 (Throw Around Drill)
With players in infield positions, the catcher throws to third base, the
third baseman throws to second base, the second baseman throws to shortstop,
the shortstop throws to first base and the first baseman throws back to
catcher. This drill can be repeated many times to loosen up the arm. Some
players have seen this done at a higher level, so it should be a fun drill.
The outfielders will continue to strengthen arms by using long tosses.
Accuracy is more important than
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 35 Minutes (Live Game Situation and Working With
The hitters will get work hitting off live pitching. 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. During games
at this age, infielders are more active than the outfielders. Break for
water, when necessary.
Keep in mind that rundowns happen a lot at younger ages because both the
runners and fielders are prone to mistakes. Remember we worked on them in
Usually in a rundown, chaos reigns, in part because many teams neglect to
work on them and the players aren't sure what to do.
It's really quite simple. For the fielders: Rule
Number 1: Don't panic. Rule Number 2: Always start the rundown by trying to
send the runner back from where he came. Rule Number 3: Stay inside of the
runner, so you never have to throw over the runner. Rule Number 4: Follow
your throw. That way you'll never be caught out of position, possibly
obstructing the runner. A key point: The less throws the better.
Here's how it works: The pitcher turns and sees the runner caught off third
base. He takes an angle to run him back to third. At the proper time, he
flips the ball to the third baseman. He continues to run past third and gets
in line behind the shortstop, who has moved over to cover third. Teach the
fielders to hold the ball in the throwing hand and pump fake a throw to
freeze the runner. Of course, when they go to tag the runner, it's best to
place the ball in the glove and tag with both hands. If the third baseman has
to toss the ball to the catcher, he does and then continues down to get in
line behind the first baseman, who's moved down to back up the catcher, who
is now running the runner back to third.
Follow your throws. Use the pump
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
Beef up your baseball season with 20 hour-long practice plans full of youth baseball drills, skills and coaching tips developed for beginner and intermediate baseball players. These practice plans are perfect for coaches, parents and volunteers coaching kids on how to play baseball.