2/27/19 Practice #1

Team Name
Edna Blacktop
Start Time
End Time
EARLY ACTIVITY Basketball Lines stopwatch 4:45-5:00 timer 15 Minutes
Basketball Lines - Rekindle your inner hoops player and get "on the line."  A simple change-of-direction move to train agility and condition athletes....Read More
notes Notes:
Tony, Ted, and/or Patric. I do not know if I can make it early, but please set up this drill. Use kids' gloves for "cones." 3 lines.
Introductions Baseball Basics stopwatch 5:00-5:10 timer 10 Minutes
Baseball Basics is a practice segment scheduled to provide you, the coach, with the opportunity to introduce what's to come!  Teach your team the basics...Read More
notes Notes:
Break the ice, build relationships, draw out smiles. Name tags. Favorite food, what you'd do with a million bucks, other sports you enjoy. Intro: 1) Colors (Red/White/Blue) and Shapes (Circle/Triangle/Square/Star). 2) Whistle to stop, look, listen. 3) Do your best.
BASERUNNING Home to First stopwatch 5:10-5:20 timer 10 Minutes
Home-to-First coaches the correct way to run through the first base bag.  As part of Baserunning or Conditioning, this drill can be run near the end...Read More
notes Notes:
Touch front of base, either foot, "break down," look right. Two stations separated at least 30 feet apart. Throw down Home plate and 1B. Scratch my prior imaginary batting idea. Patric and Tony, stay at Home, Ted and I at 1B.
  WATER BREAK (5min)  
Ready Position 2/27/19 Practice #1 stopwatch 5:25-5:30 timer 5 Minutes
notes Notes:
ME: Intro to ready position. What do you need to catch? Hands, eyes, legs, attention
Two spot receiving Two Spot Receiving stopwatch 5:30-5:45 timer 15 Minutes
Two-Spot Receiving is a drill for athletes learning how to receive the baseball.  The belt is the deciding line, determining whether an athlete will catch...Read More
notes Notes:
4 groups (square, triangle, circle, star), 3 players each line to max reps. 4 rag balls (2 up, 2 down). Parents shag stray balls.
Intro to throwing How to Coach: Catching #1 stopwatch 5:45-5:50 timer 5 Minutes
LESSON #1 - THROWING Dugout Captain's How to Coach - Catching #1 is led by Brent Mayne.  Coach Mayne is a 15-year MLB veteran, author of the book The...Read More
notes Notes:
ME: 4 Seam Grip. Watch only the portion of the video on grip (1:30-2:30 min). 3 fingers for smaller hands. Patric, Ted, Tony: set up the next throwing drill while I intro.
THROWING No Partner Throwing #1 stopwatch 5:50-6:00 timer 10 Minutes
No Partner Throwing is designed for the youngest players and run early in the season.  The set up and structure allow for safety as athletes will throw...Read More
notes Notes:
Load back leg. No target. Throwing on my command one at a time. Throw into empty field. Kids shag balls at end of their turn. Coaches distribute yourselves. Quickly and safely gauge the skill level of throwers.
Huddle Baseball Basics stopwatch 6:00-6:05 timer 5 Minutes
Baseball Basics is a practice segment scheduled to provide you, the coach, with the opportunity to introduce what's to come!  Teach your team the basics...Read More
notes Notes:
All players help clean up. Huddle for Summary: 1) ready position, 2) what you need to catch (attention, eyes, legs, hands), 3) above waist (Thumbs) vs below waist (pinkies). Parents circle around for Intro TEAM motto, expectations (on time, attention), & preview practice. Homework: 4 seam grip.

"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do."

– Derek Jeter, NY Yankees ('95-'14)


  •  Working hard is a habit, and habits must be earned. DECIDE to work hard daily!
  •  Find a way. Won’t always feel like working hard. Compete, challenge another, grind.
  •  "Practice is what you make of it,” Raul Ibanez (1996-2014)