Practice Plans

Our goal as coaches is to create a practice environment that is FUN as well as active, efficient and effective. Line up your players at third base and have them take turns fielding the ball as you hit grounders and fly balls to them from home plate. Switch to chasing balls. DB on January 25, 9: Notifications

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Somewhere in that range your coaching career probably began and somewhere in that range it will probably end. If you are just beginning and it is tee ball that you are coaching then consider yourself lucky. Tee ball is truly the fun years.

The players are learning, you are learning and everything is simple and fun. It would be great if it stayed like that.

Just enjoy this age. After T Ball is coaches pitch and machine pitch. These are great baseball learning tools for six and seven year olds. If a child starts out at this level, he is almost guaranteed to get some hits, and feel good about himself. Eight year old are still a little young to start kid pitch in my mind, but many leagues begin at that age.

It is a little early for most kids to have control of their pitches, but coaches at this age can usually find a couple of pitchers. Probably the biggest jump in improved individual skills happens during the nine and ten year old years. Team skills show the most improvement during the eleven and twelve year old ages. Pitching distance is the big key for thirteen and fourteen year olds. All across the country you will find the pitching distance to be somewhere between fifty-four feet and the major league distance of sixty feet, six inches for pitchers either thirteen or fourteen.

If you are playing at ninety feet bases, then use more youth baseball practice drills for your infielders. They will need extra practice at playing on a bigger infield. If they are moved back to sixty feet, there will be plenty of offense.

Six feet longer or shorter makes a world of difference. I believe in letting boys at these ages play on the big fields: Around the age of fourteen lots of boys make the decision to play only one sport. You should address anything on your team or the other team directly and immediately. Rotate all subs fairly. Actively work to counter these concerns. Teach specific skills in a logical order.

Teach piece by piece. Allow time for questions. If some kids are more advanced, teach them all the more advanced skills. Make it clear to parents what you expect their behavior to be. No screaming at your kid or the ref. Kids should look to coaches first. Explain in ways for the kids to remember what to do.

For example, for a basketball inbounds play: Work with parents of kids with special physical or cognitive needs to include them and make accommodations as needed. Pair up or triple up all players with buddies for each practice to work together and help each other learn. Rotate and mix combinations each week.

Find an inexpensive way to celebrate the end of the season together. For example, water balloons thrown at coaches or an ice cream outing.