Backyard Clean up is an activity run during the 15-minute window before practice. As it is completely centered on fun, Backyard Clean Up could fill any time slot, although there is little constructive benefit other than an increased heart-rate and some good laughs. So… have fun with this drill!
EXECUTION – B.C.U. can take place in an extended Warm Up Box (red, white, and blue cones) or you can design a special “court.” Place an equal number of wiffle balls on either side of a mid-line, and start the clock. At the sound of the 30-45 second buzzer, the side of the court with the least wiffle balls wins. Be sure to adapt on the fly. This is a game, and games are supposed to be fun, but know that your athletes WILL invent creative ways to bend the rules
- Stay Within the Court – In the heat of competition, athletes WILL throw the balls outside of the field of play. Instruct the athletes that their tosses must bounce first within the court.
- Coaches Walk the Baseline – Help to corral overthrows and contain the balls into fair territory.
- Use Odd Number of Balls – Odd number means no ties.
- DEFINE THE RULES CLEARLY
- COACHES WALK THE BASELINE
- COMPETE AND LAUGH
- STAY WITHIN THE COURT
- ADAPT ON THE FLY
- USE AN ODD # OF BALLS
- Wiffle Ball25