PRACTICE 8  Focus: Hitting, Fielding/Footwork, Base Running

 

Agility Warm Up  (10 Min)

 

  • Player shuffles laterally right and left around the outside of the cone with glove tucked
  • Running with their glove tucked in and out of cones
  • Every other time, have the player drop step around the cone

Hitting  (35 Min)

 

  • Soft Toss
    • Coach kneels to the side and slightly in front of batter
    • Coach slowly tosses the ball to batters strike zone
    • Batter swings through with focus points above
  • Front Toss
    • Coach pitches from 12-15 feet away
    • Keep focus on proper mechanics
    • Make necessary adjustments
  • Sacrifice Bunts
    • Athletic stance with feet opened up towards pitcher
    • Bat start at the top of the strike zone
    • Bat is at eye level
    • All pitches above the bat, the bat is pulled back
    • All pitches in the strike zone, the legs get the bat to the ball
    • Arms are flexed and upon contact a small push can be made to the ball
    • Bat is slightly angled for placement down 3rd and 1st
  • Introduce Base Hit Bunts
    • Have a coach demonstrate the proper fundamentals of a base hit bunt
    • Player sets up in an athletic stance
    • As the pitch is delivered the player starts to drop step with their back foot
    • The players back foot touches the ground on the drop step as contact is made with the ball
    • All pitches above the bat, the bat is pulled back
    • Bat is slightly angled for placement down 3rd and 1st

Base Running  (15 Min)

 

Catching/Throwing/Fly’s  (25 Min)

  • Knee wrist snaps with glove
  • Throwing from the knees
  • Regular throws starting close and slowly move back.
  • Add a competition for fun having the players attempt to throw into a bucket from 10-12 feet
  • The focus is on elevating the ball with a proper release point and wrist snap
  • Catching and moving through the ball
    • Player sets up in an athletic position​
    • The player steps forward with her glove foot as she receives the ball fingertips up and throwing hand to the side
    • The player continues working through the catch by carrying her momentum forward as she crosses over with her throwing hand foot
    • The players momentum continues through the ball as she plants her throwing hand foot
    • Her glove foot strides toward the target finishing in a throwing position
  • Coaches toss short fly balls directly to the player
    • Focus should be catching ball above the shoulder finger tips up
    • Player’s left foot should be forward when catching if possible
    • Encourage the player to communicate “ball”, “ball”, “ball”
  • Start with short fly balls and progress higher as appropriate
  • Drop step left (right handed player)
    • Player sets up in an athletic position
    • Player drop steps with their left foot while tucking the glove
    • The player crosses over with their right foot
    • The proper angle is then taken towards the ball
  • Drop step right (right handed player)
    • Player sets up in an athletic position
    • Player drop steps with their right foot while tucking the glove
    • The player crosses over with their left foot
    • The proper angle is then taken towards the ball
Infield Dailies (10 Min)

Fielding Circuit (20 Min)

 

  • Circuit 2 (5 Min)
    • Equal players are positioned at short stop, and 2nd
    • The player at short stop fields a ball from a coach at home and throws to 1st, then rotates to 2nd
    • The player at 2nd fields a ball from a coach at home and throws to 3rd, then rotates to short stop

Pitching (20 Min)

 

Catching

  • Setup/Positioning
    • Feet are shoulder width apart
    • Knees fully bent
    • Back is straight
    • Glove arm is at 90 degree with glove opened towards pitcher
    • Throwing hand is behind back
  • Framing/Receiving
    • Glove arm stays flexed and out in front
    • For an inside pitch, upon catching the ball the catchers thumb is up
    • For an outside pitch, upon catching the ball the catchers thumb is down
    • For a high pitch, upon catching the ball the catchers palm is down
    • For a low pitch, the catcher receives the ball finger tips up
  • Blocking
    • Feet are kicked out behind catcher
    • Body/Chest is over the ball
    • Shoulders are square to the plate
    • Glove is positioned on the ground between legs
    • Throwing hand is placed behind the glove to protect it
    • Chin is to the chest
    • Goal is to have the ball hit the chest and drop straight down towards the plate
  • Throwing
    • Upon catching the ball, the catcher pops up staying in an athletic position
    • Feet touch down on the balls simultaneously
    • Glove shoulder is facing target
    • Glove is pulled towards ear and ball is transferred to throwing hand
    • The ball is separated from the glove in back of throwing shoulder

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