PRACTICE 13  Focus: Agility, Pitching/Catching, Throwing, Team Scrimmage

 

Agility Warm Up  (10 Min)

 

  • With a glove, player shuffles left and when in front of the ball, breaks down into the proper fielding position and then shuffles to the ball opposite and repeats

  • Encourage staying athletic
  • Do this 3 times to each side
  • With a glove, player starts at bottom right cone and sprints forward to the cone ahead, back pedals to bottom left cone and approaches the ladder and ball breaking down into a proper fielding position
  • Stationary feeds to a player with no glove
  • Have player get into a proper fielding position and roll balls directly to them so their feet can stay stationary
  • Focus is on getting the player into the proper fielding position and reaching out for the ball with their glove hand palm facing the ball and throwing hand over the glove hand
  • Roll 3 to each and rotate

Pitchers/Catchers Warm Up (15 Min)

 

Catching/Throwing  (10 Min)

 

Hitting  (20 Min)

 

  • Tee
    • Athletic stance with no stride approach
    • Feet positioned straight or slightly inward with weight on the inside
    • Feet are positioned just outside the shoulders with equal weight on each
    • With a bat utilizing a tee, to contact and through to extension starting slow then progressively getting faster maintaining proper form
    • Focus on staying athletic through to extension with chin staying down
    • Finish the swing finishing high at the shoulder
    • Move the tee to inside contact point
    • Move the tee to outside contact point
    • Make necessary adjustments to a player’s swing
  • 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

Team Scrimmage Player Pitching(45 Min)

 

  • Live scrimmage with the player pitching
  • Allow the player to pitch a maximum of 4 balls to each batter to keep things moving
  • Teams are split up in to groups of 2-3
  • They rotate to hit 2 times, then rotate to defense
  • Every swing is live with the batter running
  • Have the batters stay on the base if they are safe to work on base running as well as having different defensive situations
  • Players are in appropriate defensive positions
  • Coaches are on the field helping communicate where the play is
  • Coaches can walk around asking players if they get the ball where is the play, what are they going to do with the ball
  • Encourage communication on the field

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