Goal: Continue repetitions of proper swinging technique and introducing
proper technique of baserunning.
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)
You have been letting a player lead his teammates through 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.
Jugging in place while bringing
the knees up high.
Sit in an Indian-sitting position,
with legs bent and the soles of the feet touching in front. Gently press the
knees toward the ground. This stretches the groin muscles.
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.
Next 10 Minutes (Proper Throwing Mechanics)
Players 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
Next 25 Minutes (Hitting and Baserunning)
Where pitching is applicable, the coach should start working with the
pitchers and catchers, having the pitchers throw 40 pitches each per
practice. Rotate the pitchers between hitting and pitching. Within this time
frame, three pitchers should be able to throw the 40 pitches. During upcoming
practices, work with the pitchers by having them throw 40 pitches.
Divide the players into two groups (even number, if possible). One group
will hit using a batting tee. The other group will be baserunning, showing
the proper time to leave the base once the ball crosses home plate. Allow 10
swings per player before rotating.
The tee represents the middle of the strike zone, so have the batter 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 shoulder.
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 tip, 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.
Remember, the more fun the players
are having, the better the results.
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. Tell the players the next practice 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.