GOAL: Continue repetitions of fielding ground balls properly and introducing
proper technique of catching pop flies.
First 5 Minutes
Have each coach and player say his name to the team again. Talk to the
players and encourage them to work hard and have fun. Concentrate on better technique today than
the first practice and tell the players what will be done during this
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.
Some more stretching examples:
Stand straight and extend the
right arm behind the body. Grab the right wrist with the left hand and pull
back and over toward the left side. Hold for a 10 count. Mimic with the other
arm. This will stretch the front of the shoulder.
Stand straight and bend the right
arm with the elbow touching the back of the head. Grab with the left hand and
pull toward the left shoulder. Hold for a 10 count, then mimic with the other
arm. This stretches the shoulder joint.
Stand straight and extend the arms
straight out. Do trunk rotations from left to right. One to two sets of 10
will suffice. This stretches the oblique muscles.
Next 10 Minutes (Proper Throwing Mechanics)
Pair the players with adults and line them up 8 to 10 feet apart. Make sure
there is enough room to consider errant throws. With the players on the knee
opposite the throwing hand, have them toss the ball to the adult, forming an
'L' with the arm. Throwing 20-25 balls should have the arms loose. By
spreading the player and adult further apart, this helps to strengthen the
Players should vary their grip
according to the size of their hands. Place either two or three fingers
across the seams with the thumb directly underneath the ball.
Accuracy and form are more
important than velocity.
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 field.
Next 15 Minutes (Fielding)
Pair off the players and line them up 50 feet apart, rolling
ground balls to each other. They will form a fielding triangle, with the feet
even with each other and outside the shoulders (the base of the triangle) and
the glove touching the ground and at the front of the triangle.
In the field triangle, gloves
should be out in front of the body with the rear down low. Have the players
step into the grounders and step up into a throw.
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 10 Minutes (Throwing)
With the players
staying paired off, allow them to throw short pop flies to each other. Pop
flies should be caught with the glove in front of the face, not to the side.
This is a new drill that is fun for the players.
Stress the technique so the
younger players will not be afraid of the ball coming toward their face.
With younger players, you may want
to use tennis balls to help them gain confidence catching fly balls above
Make sure your players are
catching the ball between their shoulders and not off to the side.
End of Practice
End practice with a lap around the bases (remember the banana turn into a
base). 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. Always finish the talk in an upbeat, positive
way. Tell the players the next practice time and follow up with an email to
Remember to place hands together and yell, '1, 2,
3 (with the team name)!'
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