Practice Plan – August 21 – 9u/8u

8u / 9u
August 21, 2016
Fall Ball – Practice #2

Duration Description
5 minutes Measuring Off at the Plate
Show the players how to use their feet to measure off from the corner of the plate to find the optimal position for their feet when getting in the batters box.
5 minutes Approach at the Plate
Paint a picture of your favorite pitch
Protecting yourself
– Turn and tuck with bat coming down and eyes in the direction of the catcher / umpire
– Partner up the players and give each group 1 baseball.  Partner will under hand toss the ball at their teammate (softly).  Players will demonstrate the turn and tuck.
3 minutes  Wrist Flicks (Elbow on the glove / Elbow at shoulder height)
3 minutes One Knee (12 – 18 feet apart)
– Foot pointed at partner
– Separate (Stop and Check)
—- Good line shoulder to shoulder
—- Glove side angle (Right angle with left arm)
– Squeeze and swivel the glove so it stays high and in center of chest at follow through
3 minutes Feet in Cement
– Start in the middle with the ball in glove (spine)
– Separate and release
3 minutes Rock and Glide
– Ball in glove in center of body
– Rock forward then rock back and separate hands.  Drag the back foot on the release
3 minutes Shuffle step and Right Foot Behind Left Foot (RH Thrower)
– begin to create distance away from partner using a shuffle step
– progress to right foot behind left foot with throws taking a higher trajectory
– once you’ve reached maximum separation begin to get closer with every few throws
5 minutes Circle Back Throwing
– players get in groups of 4
– one baseball per group with 2 players on each side
– players will throw and circle behind – staying on the same side as they started
5 minutes On Knee Fielding
– Players partner up and roll / bounce ground balls at each other on their knees
– Point knees 45 degrees to the right and roll back hand ground balls
– Point knees 45 degrees to the left and roll glove side ground balls
5 minutes Four Corners Fielding
– Players get in groups of four and create a square with each player in the corner of the square – approximately 20 feet apart.
– Player #1 has the ball and rolls the ball at any of his teammates who then field the ball – pivot and roll the ball at another player
35 minutes STATIONS – 7 minutes per 
Short Hop Series Players partner up  – 4 to 6 feet apart – take turns tossing short hops
Circle Fielding 3 cones at SS
– Players “land the plane” as they are moving around the cones to field a ground ball
Crossover Steps / Drop Steps Line at 2B players will perform Crossover Step to field a ground ball
– Progress to a ground ball where player has to drop step – crossover step and field the ball outside of their body on the move
Quarterback Cone Drill 3 cones in OF in a triangle – cones approximately 20 to 25 feet apart.
– Player will get in ready position at cone #1 – perform drop step and sprint to cone #2 and make catch
—- Coach will throw the ball at cone #2.  Let the player make drop step and begin sprinting towards cone before throwing the ball.  Player will make catch on the run.
—- 5 reps going each direction
Hitting Tees at back stop (5 swings and rotate)
– Posture
—- Right Foot pointed straight / Knees bent / Knees over feet (stacked) / Bat on the shoulder – then off the shoulder with elbows below the level of the hands
– Footwork
—- Front foot takes a soft step with little stride maintaining knee bend
—- Back foot (Show your shoe laces to the pitcher getting weight on big toe of back foot) to begin weight transfer while maintaining a bent knee position with both front and back knee
—- Rotate belly button to the pitcher (good for those who are casting the bat)
—- Swing happens from the ground up
– Dry swings for those waiting focused on balance
15 minutes  9u Positional Stations
Catchers / 3rd / LF / SS Coach starts 10 feet in front of catcher and tosses a ball to catcher.  Catcher will come out of “runners on” position and make a throw to 3B as if someone is stealing.  SS and LF will move into back up position.  LF will sprint to the line and down the line.  SS will angle 15 feet – 20 feet behind 3B. If ball gets past 3B the player receiving the back up will make a throw to Catcher who gets into fair territory with mask off prepared for incoming throw and tag.
– Catchers will rotate and another catcher will make next throw
– SS –> LF line / LF –> 3B / 3B –> SS
RF / CF / 2B / Baserunner at Home Plate / Coach as SS Coach will hit a ball towards RF with base runner leaving on contact. Base runner will round 1B aggressively as if he’s going to 2B  (place a cone approximately 15 feet past 1B on way to 2B to designate where a base runner should target when rounding 1B). If RF fields the ball cleanly the runner will return to 1B keeping his eye on the ball at all times. If ball gets past RF runner should continue in full sprint towards 2B. Second Baseman will go out for cut off getting lined up in a straight line between outfielder with ball and Coach (SS) covering 2B. Outfielder hits cut off and cut off makes throw to Coach who puts a tag on the runner. CF should be backing up RF.
– Rotation is CF –> RF / RF –> 2B / 2B –> Line at CF
– After a base runner has run 3x have them tag another player until all players have run and all players have been in the fielding rotation.