GOAL: Continue to work on fielding
technique and introduce the proper technique of sliding.
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 (Cut-Off Drill)
Use three lines of four players, with the players spread apart approximately
15 feet in the outfield. The first player throws to the second player in
line; the second player throws to the third player in line; the third player
throws to the fourth player in line. Each player receiving the throw should
be turned sideways (to his glove side) with both arms in the air to receive
the throw. The fourth player will then throw the ball back to the third
player, who will throw to the second player, etc., by working their way back
through the line to the first player.
This drill strengthens the arm,
teaches how to reach cut-off man in the chest and is fun. Remember, accuracy is more important than
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
Next 10 Minutes (Fielding)
The coach will hit routine ground balls and fly balls to fielders to stay
polished on defensive plays.
Next 20 Minutes (Sliding)
Bring your players together between
first and second base and the coach will show the proper technique of sliding
at second base. The keys to sliding are getting into the slide, not starting
too early or too late and keeping your hands out of the way. Have them start
the slide about 6 to 8 feet from the base (depending on each player's size
and speed). The right or left leg should be bent behind the opposite leg
while lying back (it forms a figure-4 look). Hands should be in a fist
position off the ground in the air.
Line the players up and give
it a try. Run them through it a handful of times.
Make sure the ground is very soft,
perhaps adding sand if necessary.
Encourage players to wear sliding shorts
under their pants to prevent injuries.
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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