1. Keep total practice time under 90 minutes. Kids have a short
2. Each player and parent should have a “Team Rules” sheet, which is
discussed before the first practice and enforce.
3. Start each practice by telling the team what the practice will entail.
Review previous game’s positives and negatives.
4. When possible, carry a clipboard at practice and write down your observations and objectives. Be Organized.
5. Players should not talk during warm-ups; Only the Coach. This will make them focus better on warming up properly.
6. The Coach should pair players up throwing that are equal in ability so they can get the most out of throwing and long toss.
7. Before any drill, explain it to the players and show them yourself. After the drill is complete bring everyone back together to reinforce what they learned and quiz them on what they just did and what they noticed.
8. Pitching and fielding win games; practice those skills more than any other. Learn about pitching; It’s 80-90% of the game. Good pitching beats good hitting. Games are won and lost at 1B and 2B, spend more time throwing to those bases.
9. Small group stations work best. Have players help each other out making corrections. This helps them understand better.
10. Avoid one ball, one batter batting practice - avoid one ball, one fielder practice. Have other drills going on simultaneously. This will help you accomplish more in a short period of time.
11. If you can't hit fly balls or grounders to your team, throw the balls to your team during defense practice.
12. Old people jog, young players sprint. All sprinting should be done with a fielding glove on to reinforce proper defensive running. Nobody stands around. Make sure they are doing something at all times.
13. Designate one player each practice to stay 5 minutes longer for individual instruction or a quick confidence booster.
14. Great hitters are made on the tee and through soft toss. Sell that to your players.
15. End each practice at the same place on the field and depart with a positive confident message. Young players like consistency and closure to their activities. Make sure they know the up coming schedule for the week
16. Never underestimate the effect you will have on the lives of every player that calls you "COACH".
Indoor Baseball Practice Outline
Skill work should include the following:
1. One knee swings (soft toss or tee)
2. Wide Legs swings (soft toss or tee)
3. Balance Point, Stride, Swing (soft toss or tee)
4. One Hand swings, top hand and bottom (soft toss)
5. Bounce Toss (Bounce ball straight on from behind L screen
6. Soft toss from behind (ball goes through zone from behind.
7. High/Low soft toss (toss two balls and call out which to hit)
8. Quick toss (soft toss one right after the other for hand quickness)
1. Shuffle toss (shuffle feet in fielding position while tossing the ball)
2. Parallel Ball Lines (up to the ball, field, shuffle across, field, up to the next ball, field, etc)
3. Tennis Ball line (line players straight across and hit a tennis ball at them. Player throws ball back and coach hits it again with a racket)
4. Fielding from the knees (on your knees with bare hands rolling ground balls back and forth fielding and up to throwing position)
5. Drop step (facing coach, player drops foot and runs and catches ball over shoulder.
1. Pivot drill (pivot feet as you throw the ball to target)
2. Finish over cone (after ball is released back foot goes over the cone)
3. Towel Drill(use a t-shirt taped together to reach out and hit target)
4. 3 Hops (Balance point, three hops and throw the ball)
5. Balance point toss (from windup, once in balance point toss ball, then throw)
* Equipment: tees, whiffle balls, baseballs, hitting stick, tennis balls