GOAL: Players continue to learn how to play in live game situations, using
pitching from the mound (by the coach or the pitcher if it is older ages).
This gives the coach time to observe and see where improvements need to be
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. It is helpful to have parents chase errant throws. Remember, the more
throws the better.
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 Simulation)
Keep working as though
it's game day. 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. The coach should concentrate on what skills still need
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. Ask for
feedback from the players. Then tell them the next practice (or game) time
and follow up with an email to their parents.
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.