The Early Activity practice segment is the first activity of practice, but actually occurs BEFORE practice begins. It’s a fun drill (typically a hitting drill), with the primary goal of getting athletes to show up early – or at least on time. This means practice starts on time, and valuable field time isn’t wasted
EXECUTION – Select and run an Early Activity drill 15 minutes before the published start time of practice. For the first practice or two, only a couple athletes may participate. But when they see they are missing out of a fun time, they will push their parents to arrive early at the next practice. Before you know it, you’ll have the majority of athletes participating in Early Activity drills and consistently start your practice on time.
For the Early Activity concept to work, the drill selected must be fun! For that reason, DC recommends hitting drills. Everyone loves to hit!
- Count Swings – As a coach, you can publish the opportunity to get several hundred extra swings over a season of early activity / hitting drills.
- Have Assistant Coach Run Early Activity – You can get the field set up for practice and talk to parents as they roll in.
- Be Vocal to Stragglers – Make sure straggling parents KNOW they are “late.” Even if only late for Early Activity, they are late and they need to know it! Just be nice about it.
- 15 MIN BEFORE SCHEDULED START TIME
- TYPICALLY A HITTING DRILL
- NO THROWING - HAVEN'T YET WARMED UP
- COUNT SWINGS
- ASSISTANT COACH RUNS EARLY HITTING
- LET STRAGGLERS KNOW!