GOAL: Introducing proper technique of fielding live pop flies and throwing
to the bases.
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.
Next 10 Minutes (Throwing Warm-ups)
Players should be getting more accurate with their throws. Pair off the
players with each other 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; 20-25 throws should be sufficient.
Using adults as back-ups to cover errant throws would be helpful. Remember, the more throws, the better.
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 (Outfield Positioning and Catching)
Based on the previous practice, the coach will recognize
which players are best suited for the outfield (but don't be too judgmental
because you want players to experience a variety of positions).
There should be infield players located at all bases. The coach may choose
to hit or throw pop flies to the outfield players and have each throw back to
both second or third base. With younger players, you may want to use tennis
balls to help them gain confidence catching fly balls above their head. Make
sure your players are catching the ball between their shoulders and not off
to the side.
Eventually, you will incorporate cut-off throws. It's pretty simple, the
shortstop takes all the cuts to the left of second base and the second
baseman takes everything to the right. If there's any doubt – like
a ball to dead center field, the shortstop takes charge and will go for the
Make sure the outfielders are
catching the ball properly above their face.
For balls behind them, the
outfielders must take a drop step after their first step.
Stress the importance of calling
for the ball. Teach the players to scream 'Mine!' because 'I got it!' can
sometimes sound like 'You got it!'
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
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