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 2ndbase, 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)