GOAL: Continue hitting techniques by
having the players compete against each other in a fun drill.
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
Next 5 Minutes (Stretching)
Add some stretching exercises that you haven't
be using previously. This will ensure that the players aren't getting lazy
with their stretching. Stretch legs for two minutes and stretch arms for two
minutes. 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 (Batting Practice With a Fun Game)
With the coach
pitching and parents and coaches shagging balls, all players will take turns
hitting. Continue to let a player hit as long as he hits a hard ball. Once
the player doesn't hit the ball solid, send that player to the back of the
line. This is a good fun game for the players as well as being a little
Have each player who is not
hitting stand against the fence out of the way. No player should be holding a
bat except for the one hitting.
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.
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