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Practice Template with Free Drills*

0:00 Start Stretch

0:05 -0:15 minutes — Baserunning

Organize into lines behind bases, 3 to 4 players per line. The players will watch an assistant coach/helper or another player.

Reading the Pitcher (use a coach, helper, or player as the pitcher)

Reading Lefties (use a coach, helper, or player as the pitcher)

0:15 -0:25 minutes — Throwing and Catching

Organize players into 2 groups of partners (throwing and receiving). We suggest using one of the foul lines in the outfield as a marker for one  set of partners.

Ready Break Throw w/Ball


Ready Break Throw with each other

After they have done this, save about 2 minutes to have them try to implement these techniques on their own by playing catch by themselves. No more than 2 minutes!

0:25 – 0:40 minutes — Individual Drill Work

Depending on your team’s level and age, you can either rotate these drills among all your players (ie do infield first, then catching, then OF) or (CBR.com’s recommendation) divide your players into the positions you want them to play.

Infielder

Wake up your feet

Circle Backs

Poor Throws

Flip Drill

SS feed far left

In-between hop

Ball Hit throw 1B

Catching Fly Balls

Catcher

Agility Drill

Pitch out

Outfield

Find the spot

0:40 – 0:55 minutes — Team Defense

Cuts (click here for the Coaching Academy’s explanation)

Coach you will lead this by placing all the players into all the positions on the field. You may want to have another coach/helper do the baserunning. This way the players can visually see what the real game situation will be like.

Runner on 1st base; ball hit to any outfielder (OF). OF will throw one base ahead of runner. Throw to 3rd base, the shortstop (SS) is cut, Third baseman (3b) to 3rd base, Second baseman (2b) to 2nd base, First baseman (1b) to 1st base, pitcher back up 3rd base, all the way to the fence.

Runner on 2nd base; ball hit to center field or right field—1b is cut, 2b to 1st base, SS to 2nd base, 3b to 3rd base, pitcher back up home plate.

Runner on 2nd base and base hit to left fielder (at him or down the  line), 3b is cut, SS to 3rd  base, 2B to 2nd base, 1b to 1st base, pitcher back up home plate.

To teach this, set up a small field with 30 foot bases, and walk the kids thru this without using a ball

0:55 – 1:05 hour — Team Base Running

Situation is called 1st-3rd

Put players in a line at 1b and have them react to ball hit to right field as they run from first base to 3rd base

Proper arc—run wide so that when they touch 2nd base they can run in direct line to 3rd base

Put 3b coach into the drill and as the players rounds 2b he picks up coach. Runners run full speed around 2nd base anticipating coach will bring them to 3rd base. If the coach stops the runner, then runner will get back to 2nd base and look for ball.

1:05 – 1:25 hour —  Hitting

Chair (Paid Member Only)

Hinge (Paid Member Only)

Batting practice – try to have multiple players hit at same time. You could have 4 groups of 3 hitting in different cages.

Throw batting practice from 30 feet using L screen. It is fine to use a front toss early in the season and do the below sequence.

1:25 – 1:45 hour — Pitching Bullpens / PFP (Pitcher Fielding Practice)

When throwing a bullpen, try to have pitcher block the first half of pen and throw to

Imaginary hitter during the second part. Blocking means throw 3 pitches at a spot and take notice of how it feels to get the ball where you want it to go.

Pitcher throws:

3 low away     3 low away

3 low in    3 high in

3 changeups (change in speed pitches)

Now the pitcher will throw to imaginary hitters ( 2 hitters at first) and this will be charted. Keep the bullpens  to 30 pitches when you start out.

PFP (Pitcher fielding practice)

Cover 1st base—hit ball to 1b and have pitcher cover 1st base.

One hopper hit back at pitcher. With nobody on or 2 out, the pitcher will run this

*most of the drills are available for free.

<Week 1> Practice Template with Drills

0:00 Start Stretch

0:05 -0:15 minutes — Baserunning

Organize into lines behind bases, 3 to 4 players per line. The players will watch an assistant coach/helper or another player. You can make sure every player is getting it or you can help specific players.

Get off Bag

Back to Bag

60-40

0:15 -0:25 minutes — Throwing and Catching

Organize players into 2 groups of partners (throwing and receiving). We suggest using one of the foul lines in the outfield as a marker for one  set of partners.

Ready Break Throw w/Ball

Receiving (Optional drill for very young teams)

After they have done this, save about 2 minutes to have them try to implement these techniques on their own by playing catch by themselves. No more than 2 minutes!

0:25 – 0:40 minutes — Individual Drill Work

Depending on your team’s level and age, you can either rotate these drills among all your players (ie do infield first, then catching, then OF) or (CBR.com’s recommendation) divide your players into the positions you want them to play.

Infielder

Hop 

Triangle position

Approach 

Two step throw

Catcher

Catching stances

Window frame

Framing pitches

Soda can drill

Outfield

Drop and Cross

Find the Spot

Long Toss

Find the spot

Movement Drill Challenge w/Ball

Movement Drill

0:40 – 0:55 minutes — Team Defense

Cuts (click here for the Coaching Academy’s explanation)

Coach you will lead this by placing all the players into all the positions on the field. You may want to have another coach/helper do the baserunning. This way the players can visually see what the real game situation will be like.

Runner on 1st base; ball hit to any outfielder (OF). OF will throw one base ahead of runner. Throw to 3rd base, the shortstop (SS) is cut, Third baseman (3b) to 3rd base, Second baseman (2b) to 2nd base, First baseman (1b) to 1st base, pitcher back up 3rd base, all the way to the fence.

Runner on 2nd base; ball hit to center field or right field—1b is cut, 2b to 1st base, SS to 2nd base, 3b to 3rd base, pitcher back up home plate.

Runner on 2nd base and base hit to left fielder (at him or down the  line), 3b is cut, SS to 3rd  base, 2B to 2nd base, 1b to 1st base, pitcher back up home plate.

To teach this, set up a small field with 30 foot bases, and walk the kids thru this without using a ball.

0:55 – 1:05 hour — Team Base Running

Situation is called 1st-3rd

Put players in a line at 1b and have them react to ball hit to right field as they run from first base to 3rd base

Proper arc—run wide so that when they touch 2nd base they can run in direct line to 3rd base

Put 3b coach into the drill and as the players rounds 2b he picks up coach. Runners run full speed around 2nd base anticipating coach will bring them to 3rd base. If the coach stops the runner, then runner will get back to 2nd base and look for ball.

1:05 – 1:25 hour —  Hitting

Chair

Hinge

Batting practice –try to have multiple players hit at same time. You could have 4 groups of 3 hitting in different cages.

Throw batting practice from 30 feet using L screen. It is fine to use a front toss early in the season and do the below sequence.

1:25 – 1:45 hour — Pitching Bullpens / PFP (Pitcher Fielding Practice)

When throwing a bullpen, try to have pitcher block the first half of pen and throw to

Imaginary hitter during the second part. Blocking means throw 3 pitches at a spot and take notice of how it feels to get the ball where you want it to go.

Pitcher throws:

3 low away    3 low away

3 low in    3 high in

3 changeups (change in speed pitches)

Now the pitcher will throw to imaginary hitters (2 hitters at first) and this will be charted. Keep the bullpens  to 30 pitches when you start out.

PFP (Pitcher fielding practice)

Cover 1st base—hit ball to 1b and have pitcher cover 1st base.

One hopper hit back at pitcher. With nobody on or 2 out, the pitcher will run this

<Week 2> Practice Template with Drills

0:00 Start Stretch

0:05 -0:15 minutes — Baserunning

Organize into lines behind bases, 3 to 4 players per line. The players will watch an assistant coach/helper or another player. You can make sure every player is getting it or you can help specific players.

Get off Bag

Back to Bag

60-40

Lead for Stealing

0:15 -0:25 minutes — Throwing and Catching

Organize players into 2 groups of partners (throwing and receiving). We suggest using one of the foul lines in the outfield as a marker for one  set of partners.

Ready Break Throw w/Ball

Receiving (Optional drill for very young teams)

After they have done this, save about 2 minutes to have them try to implement these techniques on their own by playing catch by themselves. No more than 2 minutes!

0:25 – 0:40 minutes — Individual Drill Work

Depending on your team’s level and age, you can either rotate these drills among all your players (ie do infield first, then catching, then OF) or (CBR.com’s recommendation) divide your players into the positions you want them to play.

Infielder

Hop 

Triangle position

Approach 

Two step throw

Crossover drill

Catcher

Catching stances

Window frame

Framing pitches

Soda can drill

Agility Drill

Outfield

Drop and Cross

Find the Spot

Long Toss

Find the spot

Movement Drill Challenge w/Ball

Movement Drill

0:40 – 0:55 minutes — Team Defense

Cuts (click here for the Coaching Academy’s explanation)

Coach you will lead this by placing all the players into all the positions on the field. You may want to have another coach/helper do the baserunning. This way the players can visually see what the real game situation will be like.

Runner on 1st base; ball hit to any outfielder (OF). OF will throw one base ahead of runner. Throw to 3rd base, the shortstop (SS) is cut, Third baseman (3b) to 3rd base, Second baseman (2b) to 2nd base, First baseman (1b) to 1st base, pitcher back up 3rd base, all the way to the fence.

Runner on 2nd base; ball hit to center field or right field—1b is cut, 2b to 1st base, SS to 2nd base, 3b to 3rd base, pitcher back up home plate.

Runner on 2nd base and base hit to left fielder (at him or down the  line), 3b is cut, SS to 3rd  base, 2B to 2nd base, 1b to 1st base, pitcher back up home plate.

To teach this, set up a small field with 30 foot bases, and walk the kids thru this without using a ball.

0:55 – 1:05 hour — Team Base Running

Situation is called 1st-3rd

Put players in a line at 1b and have them react to ball hit to right field as they run from first base to 3rd base

Proper arc—run wide so that when they touch 2nd base they can run in direct line to 3rd base

Put 3b coach into the drill and as the players rounds 2b he picks up coach. Runners run full speed around 2nd base anticipating coach will bring them to 3rd base. If the coach stops the runner, then runner will get back to 2nd base and look for ball.

1:05 – 1:25 hour —  Hitting

Chair (can do this on 1 knee—right handed hitter have right knee on ground and left knee up with belly button facing out at pitcher)

Hinge

Upper Body

Batting practice –try to have multiple players hit at same time. You could have 4 groups of 3 hitting in different cages. Throw batting practice from 30 feet using L screen. It is fine to use a front toss early in the season and do the below sequence.

1:25 – 1:45 hour — Pitching Bullpens / PFP (Pitcher Fielding Practice)

When throwing a bullpen, try to have pitcher block the first half of pen and throw to

Imaginary hitter during the second part. Blocking means throw 3 pitches at a spot and take notice of how it feels to get the ball where you want it to go.

Pitcher throws:

3 low away    3 low away

3 low in —   3 high in

3 changeups

Now the pitcher will throw to imaginary hitters ( 2 hitters at first) and this will be charted. Keep the bullpens  to 30 pitches when you start out.

PFP (Pitcher fielding practice)

Cover 1b—hit ball to 1b and have pitcher cover 1b.

One hopper hit back at pitcher. With nobody on or 2 out, the pitcher will run this.

Bunt fielded by pitcher and throw to 1b using a rock step (field ball and shift weight to right leg and throw to 1b with 1 step

Week 3 Practice Template with Drills

0:00 Start Stretch

0:05 -0:15 minutes — Baserunning

Organize into lines behind bases, 3 to 4 players per line. The players will watch an assistant coach/helper or another player. You can make sure every player is getting it or you can help specific players.

Get off Bag

Back to Bag

60-40  (do 1st and 2nd part of drill today)

Lead for Stealing

0:15 -0:25 minutes — Throwing and Catching

Organize players into 2 groups of partners (throwing and receiving). We suggest using one of the foul lines in the outfield as a marker for one  set of partners.

Ready Break Throw w/Ball

Receiving  (Optional drill for very young teams)

Rapid Fire Drill

0:25 – 0:40 minutes — Individual Drill Work

At this point in the season, you should be able to see who can play where in the field. So divide your players into the positions you want them to play.

Infielder

Hop 

Triangle position

Approach 

Two step throw

Crossover drill

Wake up your feet

Wake up your feet with ball

Catcher

Catching stances

Window frame

Framing pitches

Soda can drill

Agility Drill

Blocking Drills

Outfield

Drop and Cross

Find the Spot

Long Toss

Find the spot

Movement Drill Challenge w/Ball

Movement Drill

0:40 – 0:55 minutes — Team Defense

Simple Bunt Defense (click here for the Coaching Academy’s explanation)

Set up infield and use outfielders as runners. Put runners at 1st and home. You may have to use no ball at first and just walk your players through it.

1. Runner on 1st base and hitters shows bunt

a. Third baseman (3b) charges, SS to cover 2nd base, Second baseman (2b) to 1st base, First baseman (1b) charges after pitcher delivers pitch

b. Catcher calls what base to throw to and will cover 3rd base if third baseman (3b) fields bunt

c. Pitcher would go to plate to cover home plate.

2. Runner on 2nd base or 1st base and 2nd base

a. Start 3b 6 feet off foul line and 6 feet in

b. First baseman (1b) will charge when hitter shows bunt

c. Second baseman (2b) to cover 1st base and SS to 2nd base.

d. Pitcher will take cover down 3b line (if ball is bunted there)

e. 3b must decide if pitcher will easily field ball then 3b goes back to 3b, if unsure then 3b will charge and make play to 1b—when in doubt charge and get out

0:55 – 1:05 hour — Team Base Running

Put players at both first and 2nd base and have them react to base hit.

(Note— put coach in outfield with a ball—when coach stops runners the coach in outfield will hold ball up or drop ball to ground. This will simulate the outfielder fielding ball cleanly or misplaying ball. If coach stops runner, but outfielder misplays ball then runners should advance to next base.)

First base to 3rd base

a. Proper arc—run wide so that when they touch 2nd base they can run in direct line to 3rd base

b. Put 3b coach into the drill and as the players rounds 2b he picks up coach.

Runners run full speed around 2nd anticipating coach will bring them to 3rd. If the coach stops the runner, then runner will get back to 2nd base and look for ball

2nd to home

a. proper arc-player gets wide right away as player leaves 2nd base

b. hit 3rd base inside corner and direct line to home

c. read coach and anticipate the coach will score you

d. if coach puts up stop sign get back to 3rd and find ball

1:05 – 1:25 hour —  Hitting

Chair (can do this on 1 knee–rh hitter have right knee on ground and left knee up with belly button facing out at pitcher)

Hinge

Upper Body

Front Elbow

Batting practice –try to have multiple players hit at same time. You could have 4 groups of 3 hitting in different cages. Throw batting practice from 30 feet using L screen. It is fine to use a front toss early in the season and do the below sequence.

1. 5 pitches middle in (do not swing at pitches away)

2. 5 pitches away (do not swing at pitches inside)

3. 3– 2 strike pitches where hitter must protect plate

4. Bunt 3 pitches

1:25 – 1:45 hour — Pitching Bullpens / PFP (Pitcher Fielding Practice)

When throwing a bullpen, try to have pitcher block the first half of pen and throw to

Imaginary hitter during the second part. Blocking means throw 3 pitches at a spot and take notice of how it feels to get the ball where you want it to go.

Pitcher throws:

3 low away    3 low away

3 low in    3 high in

3 changeups

Now the pitcher will throw to imaginary hitters (2 hitters at first) and this will be charted. Keep the bullpens  to 30 pitches when you start out.

PFP (Pitcher fielding practice)

1. Cover 1b—hit ball to 1b and have pitcher cover 1b.

2. One hopper hit back at pitcher. With nobody on or 2 out, the pitcher will run this

3. Bunt fielded by pitcher and throw to 1b using a rock step (field ball and shift weight to right leg and throw to 1b with 1 step

<Week 4> Practice Template with Drills

0:00 Start Stretch

0:05 -0:15 minutes — Baserunning

Organize into lines behind bases, 3 to 4 players per line. The players will watch an assistant coach/helper or another player. You can make sure every player is getting it or you can help specific players.

Get off Bag

Back to Bag

60-40 (do 1st and 2nd part of drill today)

Lead for Stealing

How to Steal

Lead off (This should not be done in practice. This is for Coach only)

0:15 – 0:25 min –Throwing and Catching

Organize players into 2 groups of partners (throwing and receiving). We suggest using one of the foul lines in the outfield as a marker for one  set of partners.

Ready Break Throw w/Ball

Receiving  (Optional drill for very young teams) 

Rapid Fire Drill

0:25 – 0:40 min –Individual Drill Work

At this point in the season, you should be able to see who can play where in the field. So divide your players into the positions you want them to play.

Infielder

Hop 

Triangle position

Approach 

Two step throw

Crossover drill

Wake up your feet

Wake up your feet with ball 

Forehand throwing drill

Put fielders in 2 lines and roll ball to them. Have them charge ball and field ball with a right left finish.

Catcher

Catching stances

Window frame

Framing pitches

Soda can drill

Agility Drill

Hit with a ball

Outfield (OF)

Drop and Cross

Find the Spot

Long Toss

Find the spot

Movement Drill Challenge w/Ball

Movement Drill

0:40 – 0:55 min – Team Defense

Simple Bunt Defense (click here for the Coaching Academy’s explanation)

Set up infield and use outfielders as runners. Put runners at 1st and home. You may have to use no ball at first and just walk your players through it.

1. Runner on 1st base and hitters shows bunt

a. Third baseman (3b) charges, SS to cover 2nd base, Second baseman (2b) to 1st base, First baseman (1b) charges after pitcher delivers pitch

b. Catcher calls what base to throw to and will cover 3rd base if third baseman (3b) fields bunt

c. Pitcher would go to plate to cover home plate.

2. Runner on 2nd base or 1st base and 2nd base

a. Start 3b 6 feet off foul line and 6 feet in

b. First baseman (1b) will charge when hitter shows bunt

c. Second baseman (2b) to cover 1st base and SS to 2nd base.

d. Pitcher will take cover down 3b line (if ball is bunted there)

e. 3b must decide if pitcher will easily field ball then 3b goes back to 3b, if unsure then 3b will charge and make play to 1b—when in doubt charge and get out

0:55 – 1:05 min – Team Base Running

Put players at both 1st and 2nd base and have them react to base hit.

(Note-put coach in outfield with a ball—when coach stops runners the coach in outfield will hold ball up or drop ball to ground. This will simulate the outfielder fielding ball cleanly or misplaying ball. If coach stops runner, but outfielder misplays ball then runners should advance to next base.

First base to 3rd base

a. Proper arc—run wide so that when they touch 2nd base they can run in direct line to 3rd base

b. Put 3b coach into the drill and as the players round 2b, he picks up coach. Runners run full speed around 2nd anticipating coach will bring them to 3rd. If the coach stops the runner, then runner will get back to 2nd base and look for ball

2nd base to home

a. Proper arc-player gets wide right away as player leaves 2nd base

b. Hit 3rd base inside corner and direct line to home

c. Read coach and anticipate the coach will score you

d. If coach puts up stop sign get back to 3rd and find ball

1:05 – 1:25 min – Hitting

Chair (can do this on 1 knee-RH hitter have right knee on ground and left knee up with belly button facing out at pitcher)

Hinge

Upper Body

Front Elbow

Batting practice – try to have multiple players hit at same time. You could have 4 groups of 3 hitting in different cages. Throw batting practice from 30 feet using L screen. It is fine to use a front toss early in the season and do the below sequence.

Batting Practice Structure:

1. 5 pitches middle in (do not swing at pitches away)

2. 5 pitches away (do not swing at pitches inside)

3. 3 2 strike pitches where hitter must protect plate

4. Bunt 3 pitches

1:25 – 1:45 min – Pitching Bullpens / PFP (Pitcher Fielding Practice)

When throwing a bullpen, try to have pitcher block the first half of pen and throw to Imaginary hitter during the second part. Blocking means throw 3 pitches at a spot and take notice of how it feels to get the ball where you want it to go.

3 low away    3 low away

3 low in    3 high in

3 changeups

Now the pitcher will throw to imaginary hitters (2 hitters at first) and this will be charted. Keep the bullpens  to 30 pitches when you start out.

PFP (Pitcher Fielding Practice)

1. One hopper hit back at pitcher. With nobody on or 2 out, the pitcher will run this

2. Bunt fielded by pitcher and throw to 1b using a rock step (field ball and shift weight to right leg and throw to 1b with 1 step

3. Bunt down 3rd base line and rh pitcher will circle ball (belly button and feet already pointed  in direction of cf so the shoulders are lined up to throw to 3rd) and throw to 3b.

<Week 5> Practice Template with Drills

0:00 Start Stretch 21

0:05 -0:15 minutes — Baserunning

Organize into lines behind bases, 3 to 4 players per line. The players will watch an assistant coach/helper or another player. You can make sure every player is getting it or you can help specific players.

60-40   (do 1st and 2nd part of drill today)

Lead for Stealing

How to Steal

Leadafter from 3rd

0:15 – 0:25 min –Throwing and Catching

Organize players into 2 groups of partners (throwing and receiving). We suggest using one of the foul lines in the outfield as a marker for one  set of partners.

Ready Break Throw w/Ball

Playing Catch for a Purpose (Coach view this prior to practice and then explain to players)

V-Drill

0:25 – 0:40 min –Individual Drill Work

At this point in the season, you should be able to see who can play where in the field. So divide your players into the positions you want them to play.

Infielder (as new drills are added, quicken the pace for the first 7 drills)

Hop 

Triangle position

Approach 

Two step throw

Crossover drill

Wake up your feet

Wake up your feet with ball 

Forehand throwing drill

Backhand throw left foot

Backhand throw right foot

Put fielders in 2 lines and fungo balls to them. Have them charge ball and field ball with a right left finish.

Catcher (quicker pace for drills that we have been using the first 4 practices)

Bow and Arrow

Window frame

Framing pitches

Soda can drill

Agility Drill

Hit with a ball

Blocking from 15ft

Outfield (OF)

Drop and Cross

Find the Spot

Long Toss

Find the spot

Movement Drill Challenge w/Ball

Movement Drill

0:40 – 0:55 min – Team Defense

Simple Rundowns

Set up infield and use outfielders as runners. Put runners at 1st and 3rd.

1. runner on first base is picked off

a. pitcher goes to 1st base

b. 2b cuts into baseline about 10 feet in front of 2nd base, ss goes to 2b

c. all fielders will circle back after they throw ball to base where they started from

2. runner 3rd base is picked off

a. pitcher goes to home and is 2nd man behind catcher

b. ss goes behind 3b

c. all fielders will circle back after they throw ball to base where they started

Note—we will have 2 pitchers on the mound-one picking off a runner at 1st and other picking off runner at 3rd.  We have 2 run downs going on at same time. Today, don’t get too fancy. Just have the kids try to get the runner out and circle back. We will get more specific  the next practice.

If a runner is picked off at 2b, pitcher goes to 3rd, 2b and ss go to 2nd. We will not practice this in this drill!

0:55 – 1:05 min – Team Base Running

Situation: Runner on 2nd base and reacting to ball off bat put players in 3 lines at 2b. Put cones at the places where 3b, ss, 2b and 1b play.

Have a coach on the pitchers mound and another coach at the plate with a fungo.

These plays are with no out or 1 out

a. ground ball hit to left of runner—runners make sure ball can not be caught by pitcher and then advance to 3rd

b. ground ball to right of runner—let ball get thru infield and advance

c. gr ball hit hard back up middle-let ball get past pitcher and advance

d. slow hit ball down each line, ball will not even get half way to base—runner advances

e. line drive-runner stop, take 1 step back toward 2b and read to see if ball gets thru then advance to 3b

With 2 out-runner advances on contact (except a ball hit right at the 3b who is playing close to 3b. Runner must stop on this and let fielder field ball and throw. Why? If fielder muffs ball and does not have a play on batter runner, but the runner from 2nd will run into an easy out on a tag play at 3b

1:05 – 1:25 min – Hitting

Chair (can do this on 1 knee–rh hitter have right knee on ground and left knee up with belly button facing out at pitcher)

Hinge

Upper Body

Front Elbow

Upper Body Setup

Batting practice –try to have multiple players hit at same time.

You could have 4 groups of 3 hitting in different cages. Throw batting practice from 30 feet using L screen. It is fine to use a front toss early in the season and do the below sequence.

1. 5 pitches middle in (do not swing at pitches away)

2. 5 pitches away (do not swing at pitches inside)

3. 3 2 strike pitches where hitter must protect plate bunt 3 pitches

1:25 – 1:45 min – Pitching Bullpens / PFP (Pitcher Fielding Practice)

When throwing a bullpen, try to have pitcher block the first half of pen and throw to Imaginary hitter during the second part. Blocking means throw 3 pitches at a spot and take notice of how it feels to get the ball where you want it to go.

3 low away   3 low away

3 low in     3 high in

3 changeups

Now the pitcher will throw to imaginary hitters ( 2 hitters at first) and this will be charted. Keep the bullpens  to 30 pitches when you start out.

PFP (Pitcher Fielding Practice)

1. One hopper hit back at pitcher with a man on 1st base, field ball and make lead throw to 2b.

2. Bunt fielded by pitcher and throw to 1b using a rock step (field ball and shift weight to right leg and throw to 1b with 1 step

Bunt down 3rd base line and rh pitcher will circle ball (belly button and feet already pointed  in direction of cf so the shoulders are lined up to throw to 3rd) and throw to 3b.

<Week 6> Practice Template with Drills

0:00 Start Stretch

0:05 -0:15 minutes — Baserunning

Organize into lines behind bases, 3 to 4 players per line. The players will watch an assistant coach/helper or another player. You can make sure every player is getting it or you can help specific players.

60-40   (do 1st and 2nd part of drill today)

Lead for Stealing

How to Steal

Leadafter from 3rd

Break the Tape (just the very first part of this new drill today)

0:15 – 0:25 min –Throwing and Catching

Organize players into 2 groups of partners (throwing and receiving). We suggest using one of the foul lines in the outfield as a marker for one  set of partners.

Ready Break Throw w/Ball

Playing Catch for a Purpose (Coach view this prior to practice and then explain to players)

Long Range Throwing-have players begin to move away from each other after they are loose.  When moving out have them throw the ball with a little arc going out. Turn sideways and hop with their throwing foot going forward behind the front foot (for a RH thrower, the  right foot will hop behind of and passing  the left foot).

Go out  gradually about 50 feet from their normal throws. When they start to come back, players should throw semi line drive to their partner. The last 5 throws as they walk back in, should be thrown at the belly button of their partner and below.

0:25 – 0:40 min –Individual Drill Work

At this point in the season, you should be able to see who can play where in the field. So divide your players into the positions you want them to play.

Infielder (as new drills are added, quicken the pace for the first 7 drills)

Hop 

Triangle position

Approach 

Two step throw

Crossover drill

Wake up your feet

Wake up your feet with ball 

Forehand throwing drill

Backhand throw left foot

Backhand throw right foot

Put fielders in 2 lines and fungo balls to them. Have them charge ball and field ball with a right left finish.

Catcher (quicker pace for drills that we have been using the first 4 practices)

Bow and Arrow

Window frame

Framing pitches

Soda can drill

Agility Drill

Hit with a ball

Blocking from 15ft

T-drill

Outfield (OF)

Drop and Cross

Find the Spot

Long Toss

Find the spot

Movement Drill Challenge w/Ball

Movement Drill

0:40 – 0:55 min – Team Defense

Simple Rundowns

Set up infield and use outfielders as runners. Put runners at 1st and 3rd.

1. runner on first base is picked off

a. pitcher goes to 1st base

b. 2b cuts into baseline about 10 feet in front of 2nd base, ss goes to 2b

c. all fielders will circle back after they throw ball to base where they started from

2. runner 3rd base is picked off

a. pitcher goes to home and is 2nd man behind catcher

b. ss goes behind 3b

c. all fielders will circle back after they throw ball to base where they started

Note—we will have 2 pitchers on the mound-one picking off a runner at 1st and other picking off runner at 3rd

We have 2 run downs going on at same time.  Once the back fielder has the ball he should get his feet around ready to throw ball to next base.

If the runner is not committed to running to next base, then fielder must SPRINT at the runner and then dump the ball to the front side man in rundown. No fake throws here!

If a runner is picked off at 2b, pitcher goes to 3rd, 2b and ss go to 2nd. We will not practice this in this drill!

0:55 – 1:05 min – Team Base Running

Situation: Runner on 2nd base and reacting to ball off bat put players in 3 lines at 2b. Put cones at the places where 3b, ss, 2b and 1b play.

Have a coach on the pitchers mound and another coach at the plate with a fungo.

These plays are with no out or 1 out

a. ground ball hit to left of runner—runners make sure ball can not be caught by pitcher and then advance to 3rd

b. ground ball to right of runner—let ball get thru infield and advance

c. gr ball hit hard back up middle-let ball get past pitcher and advance

d. slow hit ball down each line, ball will not even get half way to base—runner advances

e. line drive-runner stop, take 1 step back toward 2b and read to see if ball gets thru then advance to 3b

With 2 out-runner advances on contact (except a ball hit right at the 3b who is playing close to 3b. Runner must stop on this and let fielder field ball and throw. Why? If fielder muffs ball and does not have a play on batter runner, but the runner from 2nd will run into an easy out on a tag play at 3b

1:05 – 1:25 min – Hitting

Chair (can do this on 1 knee–rh hitter have right knee on ground and left knee up with belly button facing out at pitcher)

Hinge (first part)

Hinge (2nd part rotate)

Front Elbow

Upper Body Setup

Upper Body

Batting practice –try to have multiple players hit at same time. You could have 4 groups of 3 hitting in different cages. Throw batting practice from 30 feet using L screen. It is fine to use a front toss early in the season and do the below sequence.

1. 5 pitches middle in (do not swing at pitches away)

2. 5 pitches away (do not swing at pitches inside)

3. 3 2 strike pitches where hitter must protect plate

4. bunt 3 pitches

1:25 – 1:45 min – Pitching Bullpens / PFP (Pitcher Fielding Practice)

When throwing a bullpen, try to have pitcher block the first half of pen and throw to

Imaginary hitter during the second part. Blocking means throw 3 pitches at a spot and take notice of how it feels to get the ball where you want it to go.

3 low away  – 3 low away

3 low in –   3 high in

3 changeups

Now the pitcher will throw to imaginary hitters ( 2 hitters at first) and this will be charted. Keep the bullpens  to 30 pitches when you start out.

PFP (Pitcher fielding practice)

1. One hopper hit back at pitcher with a man on 1st base, field ball and make lead throw to 2b.

2. Bunt fielded by pitcher and throw to 1b using a rock step (field ball and shift weight to right leg and throw to 1b with 1 step

Bunt down 3rd base line and rh pitcher will circle ball (belly button and feet already pointed  in direction of cf so the shoulders are lined up to throw to 3rd) and throw to 3b.

<Week 7> Practice Template with Drills

0:00 Start Stretch

0:05 -0:15 minutes — Baserunning

Organize into lines behind bases, 3 to 4 players per line. The players will watch an assistant coach/helper or another player. You can make sure every player is getting it or you can help specific players.

60-40   (do 2nd part of drill today)

Lead for Stealing

How to Steal

Leadafter from 3rd

Break the Tape (do 1st part and 2nd part of this new drill)

0:15 – 0:25 min –Throwing and Catching

Organize players into 2 groups of partners (throwing and receiving). We suggest using one of the foul lines in the outfield as a marker for one  set of partners.

Ready Break Throw w/Ball

Playing Catch for a Purpose (Coach view this prior to practice and then explain to players)

Line Drill

0:25 – 0:40 min –Individual Drill Work

At this point in the season, you should be able to see who can play where in the field. So divide your players into the positions you want them to play.

Infielder

Infielder (as new drills are added, quicken the pace for the first 7 drills)

Hop 

Triangle position

Approach 

Two step throw

Glove side approach

Crossover drill

Circle Backs

Forehand throwing drill

Backhand throw left foot

Backhand throw right foot

Put fielders in infield position and have 2 fungos hitting at them. One from 1st line near home (hitting to ss and 3b, and one on 3b line near home hitting to 1b and 2b). One side actually throws to 1b while other side brings ball back to fungo coach.  Switch after 3 or 4 minutes.

Catcher

Bow and Arrow

Agility Drill

Hit with a ball

Blocking from 15ft

T-drill

Footwork to 3rd

Outfield (OF)

Drop and Cross

Find the Spot

Long Toss

Find the spot

Movement Drill Challenge w/Ball

Movement Drill

0:40 – 0:55 min – Team Defense

Simple Infield Situations

Set up infield and use outfielders as runners. Coach will fungo balls to infielders and they will react to the following plays:

a. nobody on—throw to 1st base

b.    man on 1st base, can throw to 2b or 1b. If ball hit to 3b or ss the 2b will cover 2b. If ball hit to 2b, 1b or pitcher, the ss will cover 2b.

Anytime a fielder has to charge ball the play will be made at 1b.

0:55 – 1:05 min – Team Base Running

Situation: Runner on 3rd base and reacting to ball off bat

Put players in 3 lines at 3b. Put cones at the places where 3b, ss, 2b and 1b play. Have the cones in where the infielders would play if the infield were in to throw out runner from 3rd base. If unsure, just put cones 3 feet inside base paths.

Have a coach on the pitchers mound and another coach at the plate with a fungo.

These plays are with no out or 1 out

a. Ground ball hit anywhere in infield, ball must go through before runner goes home.

b. Ground ball hit anywhere and runners advance on down contact. (Coach needs to hit line drive or fly ball sometimes so runners have to read ball off bat.

With 2 out-runner advances on contact

1:05 – 1:25 min – Hitting

Chair (can do this on 1 knee–RH hitter have right knee on ground and left knee up with belly button facing out at pitcher)

Hinge (first part)

Hinge (2nd part rotate)

Front Elbow

Upper Body Setup

Upper Body

Early 2

Batting practice –try to have multiple players hit at same time. You could have 4 groups of 3 hitting in different cages. Throw batting practice from 30 feet using L screen. It is fine to use a front toss early in the season and do the below sequence.

1. 5 pitches middle in (do not swing at pitches away)

2. 5 pitches away (do not swing at pitches inside)

3. 3 – ‘2’ strike pitches where hitter must protect plate bunt 3 pitches

1:25 – 1:45 min – Pitching Bullpens / PFP (Pitcher Fielding Practice)

When throwing a bullpen, try to have pitcher block the first half of pen and throw to imaginary hitter during the second part. Blocking means throw 3 pitches at a spot and take notice of how it feels to get the ball where you want it to go.

3 low away –   3 low away

3 low in     3 high in

3 changeups

Now the pitcher will throw to imaginary hitters ( 2 hitters at first) and this will be charted. Keep the bullpens  to 30 pitches when you start out.

PFP

1. Ball bunted at pitcher with man on 3rd base (squeeze). Pitcher charges ball and makes underhand flip to catcher at plate. The flip should be no higher than knees of catcher.

2. Bunt fielded by pitcher and throw to 1b using a rock step (field ball and shift weight to right leg and throw to 1b with 1 step

Bunt down 3rd base line and rh pitcher will circle ball (belly button and feet already pointed  in direction of cf so the shoulders are lined up to throw to 3rd) and throw to 3b.

<Week 8> Practice Template with Drills

0:00 Start Stretch

0:05 -0:15 minutes — Baserunning

Organize into lines behind bases, 3 to 4 players per line. The players will watch an assistant coach/helper or another player. You can make sure every player is getting it or you can help specific players.

60-40   (do 2nd part of drill today)

Delay v Leadafter   (for coach)

Delay Steal

Leadafter from 3rd

Break the Tape (do first part and 2nd part of this drill of this new drill today)

Reading Feet

0:15 – 0:25 min –Throwing and Catching

Organize players into 2 groups of partners (throwing and receiving). We suggest using one of the foul lines in the outfield as a marker for one  set of partners.

Ready Break Throw w/Ball

Playing Catch for a Purpose (Coach view this prior to practice and then explain to players)

Organize players into size of a large square (resembling infield), place the players 2 – 3 players deep at each corner.

Around the Horn

0:25 – 0:40 min –Individual Drill Work

At this point in the season, you should be able to see who can play where in the field. So divide your players into the positions you want them to play.

Infielder (as new drills are added, quicken the pace for the first 7 drills)

Hop 

Triangle position

Approach 

Two step throw

Glove side approach

Glove side retreat

Transition drill 

Put fielders in infield position and have 2 fungos hitting at them. One from 1st line near home (hitting to ss and 3b, and one on 3b line near home hitting to 1b and 2b). One side actually throws to 1b while other side brings ball back to fungo coach.  Switch after 3 or 4 minutes.

Catcher

Bow and Arrow

Agility Drill

Hit with a ball

Blocking from 15ft

T-drill

Footwork to 3rd

Bunt Angles

Catching a pop-up

Outfield (OF)

Drop and Cross

Find the Spot

Long Toss

Find the spot

Movement Drill Challenge w/Ball

Movement Drill

0:40 – 0:55 min – Team Defense

Cuts (click here for the Coaching Academy’s explanation)

Coach you will lead this by placing all the players into all the positions on the field. You may want to have another coach/helper do the baserunning. This way the players can visually see what the real game situation will be like.

Runner on 1st base; ball hit to any outfielder (OF). OF will throw one base ahead of runner. Throw to 3rd base, the shortstop (SS) is cut, Third baseman (3b) to 3rd base, Second baseman (2b) to 2nd base, First baseman (1b) to 1st base, pitcher back up 3rd base, all the way to the fence.

Runner on 2nd base; ball hit to center field or right field—1b is cut, 2b to 1st base, SS to 2nd base, 3b to 3rd base, pitcher back up home plate.

Runner on 2nd base and base hit to left fielder (at him or down t