PRACTICE 6   Focus: Competition Day! Agility, Pitching/Catching, Infield Dailies, Catching, Throwing, Hitting

 

Agility Warm Up  (10 Min)

  • Player starts in the middle facing the coach with feet moving in place

  • The coach points to a cone and the player sprints and touches the cones and returns to the middle with feet still moving

  • The cones can be picked randomly and in no particular order

  • Do this for 5-6 touches

  • Player shuffles laterally right and left around the outside of the cone with glove tucked

  • 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

Infield Dailies (10 Min)
  • Dailies are performed by two players that are 5-7 feet apart
  • If the players are having difficult feeding to each other and it's not efficient, have the coaches step in

Catching Competition  (15 Min)

 

  • Warm up by tossing balls to players in various locations
  • After a good warm up, toss each player from a comfortable distance 10 balls
  • Award a player 1 point for a ball that touches their glove and 2 points for a catch
  • Reward players with a prize (i.e. a small piece of candy)

Agility Competition  (10 Min)

 

  • Player starts at front left cone with their glove and shuffles laterally to the right in an athletic position
  • Once past the front right cone, the player sprints forward until past the cone ahead
  • Once past, the player shuffles to the left
  • When the player reaches the front of the ladder, they move forward with quick feet stepping one foot in each
  • When player exits the ladder they use the proper footwork to enter the second ladder breaking down into a fielding position and extending the glove to the ball

Hitting Competition  (30 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
    • Position the tee and the middle contact point and have the player take a full swing
    • Focus on staying athletic through to extension with chin staying down
    • Have the player take a full swing finishing high at the shoulder
    • Move the tee to inside and outside contact points
    • 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
  • After a good warm up…
  • COMPETITION.. 
  • Players setup at home plate
  • Have the players take 10 swings off of front toss
  • Award a point for every ball the player makes contact with

Throwing  (15 Min)

Pitching (20 Min)

 

  • Wrist snaps restraining pitching arm shoulders stay isolated
  • L Drill
    • Glove pointed to target
    • Body is open with glove shoulder facing target
    • Pitching arm is straight up with ball
    • Feet are positioned at a 45 degree angle towards target
    • Back heel starts raised
    • Player takes a small step with the front foot
    • Then the back leg drives towards the target
    • Back knee finished close to front knee
    • Glove arm and pitching arm drive down together
    • Wrist snap to target
  • Knee Arm Circle (Right Handed Pitcher)
    • Right knee is on the ground at a 90 degree angle to the target
    • Left leg is extended to the target
    • Glove and front shoulder are facing target
    • Pitching arm is elevated above and out over the body
    • Player starts by driving the pitching arm down in a circular path
    • The ball is snapped toward the target by the hip
  • Full Motion

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

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