Week Eleven Practice Plan

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We had a quite week with no games last week and this coming week we only have one game night. Many of my players and their family used this down time in our game schedule to go camping and fishing. Great family outings make for great memories.

Three of our community teams entered a tournament about two hours from our town. They all planned ahead for a camping weekend. They reserved camping sites and planned breakfast and evening meals together. The younger teams got to know the older teams and visa versa. They were able to watch and cheer for each other during their games. What a great way to build a supportive program. The biggest factor in pulling something like this off is excellent parent participation. If your association has ever done something like this, let me know how it went and I may share your story with the other readers.

Like I said earlier, we only have one game night this coming week, two game nights the following week and then we are into our league tournaments and the state tournament. How fast the season goes.

In our last couple of practices, we focused on individual skills. This week we are going to focus on working together as a team again.

Here is this weeks practice plan.

Practice #16

6:00 Warm up jog to fence and back, Dynamic stretching

6:05 Warm up playing catch

6:10 Team discussion about teamwork.

6:15 Split team into two groups.

Group 1 will be doing a regular infield practice.

Group 2 will be working on calling for (and catching) fly balls. Two players will position themselves about thirty feet apart and a coach will hit fly balls between them. Both players should go after the ball but the best positioned to catch the ball needs to call for the catch. Player two will assume a backup role. After a few catches from being 30 feet apart, increase the distance to 60 feet apart and do more of the same drill.

6:40 Water Break

6:45 Rotate groups

6:10 Throwing relay race

6:20 Base running relay race

6:25 Team meeting

7:30 Team Practice is over on time except for pitchers and catchers

Pitchers start working on Wrist Snaps while catchers get their equipment on.

7:35 Pitchers work on K's

Catchers work on Blocking Drill

7:40 Pitchers Walk Through Drill

Catchers work on the Bunt Drill

If we do not have as many catchers as pitchers, the parent will have to continue catching and we will rotate the catchers so they become familiar with the pitchers.

7:45 Distance Pitch Drill

Catchers Developing a Strong Throw To Second Base

7:50 Regular pitching and catching.

7:55 Pass ball drill

8:00 Practice is over

We are looking forward to our games on Thursday night this week. It seems like we haven't played in a long time. I'll let you know how we do in next weeks newsletter. Please, use the Coaches Input Form to let me know how your team is doing. Are you seeing improvement? How are your practices going? How about your games? I really am interested in hearing about your progress.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July.

Until next week, I'll see you on the field.

Dan Knutson