GOAL: Give the players a chance to work on all aspects of the game by
getting as many repetitions as possible.
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)
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)
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 field.
Next 25 Minutes (Station Drills)
Station 1 (infielding): A coach hits ground balls to the fielders (who
are out of the way of hitters).
Station 2 (outfielding): With all
outfielders standing in center field, a coach stands at the foul line and
hits pop flies to outfielders (who are out of the way of hitters). Make sure
proper technique is used. Have players throw back to the coach, which will
continue to strengthen arms.
Station 3 (hitting): Players hit off a tee. The tee never stops being
valuable. Even the highest levels use a tee to maximize level swinging.
When necessary, break for a drink. The coaches can switch players as they
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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