ALL STAR PRACTICE 6   Focus: Agility, Catching/Throwing/Fly's, Infield Dailies, Timed Zig Zag, Fielding Circuit, Pitching/Catching, Hitting/Bunting, "Stinger" Hitting Game

 

Agility Warm Up  (10 Min)

 

  • Player starts at bottom left cone with glove and sprints forward

  • Once past the top cone, the player back pedals in the opposite direction

  • Player continues until through all cones

  • Player start at bottom right cone with their glove and shuffles feet athletically until outside bottom right cone

  • Player sprints forward until past top right cone and shuffles left until outside top left cone

  • Player then back pedals to bottom left cone

Catching/Throwing/Fly’s  (15 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)
Timed Zig Zag (10 Min)
  • The team is lined up each having a throwing partner about 20 feet away
  • The ball starts on one end
  • The player's are positioned in an athletic position to receive the ball with both hands giving a target
  • With their feet running in place, they will call for the ball, "Ball"
  • Catching and moving through the ball
    • 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
  • The time starts when player 1 throws the ball to player 2 and the time ends when player 1 receives the final throw after
  • Have the players repeat the zig zag 3-4 times trying to beat the previous time and best time
  • The focus should be on communication, footwork, quick ball transfers, and accurate throws

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

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
  • 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
  • Hitting - "Stinger" Game (20 Min)
    • This game can be played individually or in groups​
    • For the sake of this description we will split the team in to two even groups
    • Group 1 is at bat first while group 2 is shagging in the field
    • Each player in group 1 will have two rounds of at bats
    • A coach front tosses from roughly 20 feet
    • The batter should be selective on pitches to swing at only swinging at pitches they can hit hard
    • During an at bat, the batter will continue to hit for every hard hit ball with the coach being the judge
    • When the batter hits a ball that is not deemed a hard hit by the coach, she steps out and the next player steps in
    • This continues until all batters have had two rounds
    • Group 1 keeps a cumulative count of balls hit hard by their team
    • After group 1 completes their round they shag on the field and group 2 bats
  • The focus on this game should be pitch selection and concentrating under pressure to hit each ball hard

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
  • Lunge Leg Drive

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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