3/13/19 Practice #3

Team Name
Start Time
End Time
EARLY ACTIVITY Wiffle Circle stopwatch 3:15-3:30 timer 15 Minutes
Wiffle Circle is an Early Activity drill that can be run during the 15-minutes prior to practice start time.  It can also be ran as a pre-game drill...Read More
notes Notes:
1-4 athletes = 1 hitter / 5-7 athletes = 2 hitters / 8+ athletes = 3 hitters. Goal: Set feet accurately, grip bat correctly, swing HARD, have fun.
WARM UP Dyn Warm Up 8U #1 stopwatch 3:30-3:35 timer 5 Minutes
~ SEE "EXECUTION KEYS" BELOW FOR AGE-SPECIFIC SUGGESTION LIST ~ The Dynamic Warm Up is today's warm up routine.  Gone are the days of standing in a...Read More
notes Notes:
Take time to introduce Dynamic-Warm-Up. TEACH movements. End with 1B to 2B simulation
Home to 1B Home to First stopwatch 3:35-3:45 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.
One knee catch One Knee Catch stopwatch 3:45-3:55 timer 10 Minutes
One Knee Catch is a throwing drill typically done as part of the Throwing Progression (a routine to follow while warming the arm up).  Depending on...Read More
notes Notes:
2 lines spaced 10 feet apart. Cobra/reach, Throw only on verbal, Tap-tap/shield.
Grounders 2 How to Coach: Ground Balls #2 stopwatch 3:55-4:05 timer 10 Minutes
The second drill in Dugout Captain's How-to-Coach series for Ground Ball instruction, the purpose of this drill is to review the different pieces of the...Read More
notes Notes:
Review, freeze/broken reps, introduce POP! Power Net set up at 1B.
  WATER BREAK (5min)  
How To Coach: Hitting #1 stopwatch 4:10-4:20 timer 10 Minutes
How to Coach: Hitting #1 is the first "lesson" in teaching young athletes how to hit.  Whether run at a team practice or with an athlete 1-on-1, HTC:...Read More
notes Notes:
Intro: important to learn from watching others. Focus on legs/stride/strong base. 4 or 6 stations depending on # adults and tees) 1:2 vs 1:3. Tees (traffic cones if necessary).
BP Reps: Wiffle Ball stopwatch 4:20-4:30 timer 10 Minutes
Wiffle Ball Reps is a station where a coach uses wiffle balls to get swings.   EXECUTION - There are three main execution variables: Format - Drill Drill...Read More
notes Notes:
Rag balls. 4 stations. 1 coach throwing to 2 at bat, 2 shagging balls. 8 swings each, then rotate 2 hitter/2 shaggers
MENTAL / FINISH Bucket Free Throws stopwatch 4:30-4:35 timer 5 Minutes
Bucket Free Throws is a fun competition to finish practice with.  It is, as it sounds, the simple challenge of making a baseball into a bucket.  Just...Read More
notes Notes:
Life lesson: Learn from what you see (pay attention to others). Learn from what you do (learn from "failing", ie video games or other relatable activity).

"Goal Example: Hit .400 this season. Goals earn us two big things: 1) Achievement; and, 2) Personal Development"

– Dan Keller (Dugout Captain)


  •  Achievement: ego, game ball, all-star team (stuff easily forgotten)
  •  Development: Physical (improved swing, more power, better eye) + Character (work ethic, persistence, adversity)
  •  Setting goals is a skill, skills take practice. We start today: What are OUR team goals?