I recommend that all coaches make out written practice
schedules. A copy of the schedule should be given to each assistant coach. It is also a good idea to post the schedule for
players to see. The best way to make your practices more productive and improve your coaching effectiveness is to schedule
and organize your practice into time periods of 3 to 10 minutes. Coaches should remember to allow ample time for warm-up and
cool down. The schedule must also reflect an awareness of the attention span level of your players. Baseball and softball
practice does not have to be boring. It is up to us as coaches to add spice to it.
Here is an example of one of my varsity practice schedules:
3:00 - 3:20 Stretch, Run & Throwing Warm-up .....
3:21 3:25 Brief Overview of Goals & Expectations of Today's Practice.
3:26 - 3:36 Team Infield - Pre-game & Practice Routine
3:26 - 3:41 Fly Ball & Pop Up Communication Drill
3:41 - 3:45 Defensive 1st & 3rd Calls, Bunt Coverage & Catchers Throwing to bases.
3:45 - 3:50 Coach Overview of Practice thus far.
3:50 - 3:55 Batting Practice Field Preparation
3:55 - 4:15 Group One Hits
---4 players per group
---1 Player - Bunts 3 & Hits 8
---2 Player - Warms up on deck
---3 Player - Chases Foul balls
---4 Player - Runs Base Running "Circuit" Note: The players will switch rolls after each bats. 2 Hit, 3 Warms up, and 4
chases foul balls, 1 is running circuits. 4:10 - 4:30 Group Two Hits
4:30 - 4:50 Group Three Hits
4:50 - 5:10 Group Four Hits
5:10 - 5:15 Field Clearing ...............
SUGGESTED TIP: ONFIELD BATTING PRACTICE While each group is hitting. Two coaches are fungoing to our infielders. the infielders
will also field each ball that is hit. the coach will call out situations. Different situations could be as follows: "Corners
up, Middle Back, Double Play Situation", "Cut the Run at The plate", Median Infielders depth, and two out situations. We always
use a catcher doing "live arm" on-field batting practice. The catcher has a bucket beside him. When the batter misses or a
ball is thrown home, the catcher drops it in the bucket. We also have a bucket at first. When the first baseman receives a
ball, it is dropped in a bucket. We also have a screen behind second on the grass. All balls hit to the outfielder are thrown
to the players "manning" the bucket. The balls are dropped in the bucket. When the "BP" pitcher yells "Bucket" the catcher,
firstbase, and outfield buckets are ran to the mound. .....5:15 - 5:30 Conditioning
SUGGESTED DEFENSIVE DRILL - "9's". A coach hits nine balls, one at a time, anywhere on the field. Every player must play
the ball correct and move to the correct position on the field. After the play is made, every player sprints to a designated
spot and back. When every player is back, another ball is hit. We do nine of these. If a player makes an error or a mental
mistake, we start over. We will do this drill until we get nine good plays in a row.