GOAL: Introducing proper technique of swinging the bat and keeping eyes on
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.
Sit, with legs extended out flat
on the ground in a V position. Lean forward, reach for the toes and pull back
on the toes. Hold for a 10 count (have the girls count down from 10). Repeat.
This works the hamstrings, calves and lower back.
Sit, with legs extended out flat
on the ground in a V position. Reach and touch the right hand to the outside
of the left foot. Mimic the other side. Hold for a 10 count on each side.
This stretches the outside of the upper back.
Stand straight, bend a leg behind
the body, grab the ankle and pull the heel toward the backside. Hold for a 10
count. Mimic with the other leg. This stretches the quad muscles.
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.
Next 10 Minutes (Proper Throwing Mechanics)
should now have the hang of the proper throwing technique. Not all players will have the same arm
strength so the adult should adjust the distance to what is comfortable for
the player. The player should stand and throw to the adult. Coaches should
continue to monitor the technique.
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.
Be sure the players are in line
with their partner while incorporating movement, momentum and proper footwork
into each throw. It is critical for players to focus on being accurate as
they throw toward their partner's chest.
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 (Hitting)
Divide the players into three groups (even number if possible). Using a
batting tee, have one player place a ball on the tee and another player hit
the ball. The other players should be watching and listening as the coach is
working with the players. Allow 10 swings per player before rotating.
The batting tee represents the
middle of the strike zone, so have the batter should stand in correct
relation to it (his front foot should be even with the front of the plate).
The swing technique includes:
Stance: Players stand in an athletic position. Their feet should
be shoulder-width apart with their hands around the back of the
Stride: Players should keep their
weight and hands back while striding into the swing.
Swing: Players should keep
their hands in and execute a smooth swing.
Finish: Players will have a balanced follow-through.
This drill teaches how to keep
their eyes on the ball and to swing level. To ensure safety, the only player
who should have a bat in hand is the one hitting and that the tees are spread
far enough apart for wild hits.
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. Always
finish the talk in an upbeat, positive way. Tell the players the next
practice time and follow up with an email to their parents.
Remember to place hands together and yell, '1, 2, 3 (with the team
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