Practice Plans for Baseball

So, I’ve been getting the question a lot about
practice plans for baseball and I guess it’s because the season is right around the corner
and coaches are trying to get some ideas of how to structure a practice for the upcoming
season and I guess it really depends on the age of the players you’re coaching as well
as how much time you have to schedule. You know, for some younger players, I’m sure you’re
going to be staying under the two hour limit and a lot of you have field restrictions anyway
so you’re going to have to figure out something for that age group, but at the high school
level you’re going to have usually a typical practice is going to be about 3 hours and
you should be able to get in everything that you need to do in under three hours if you’re
running an efficient practice. So, I’m just going to go over a sample practice plan of
how you can structure high school aged practice and give you some examples and you can obviously
add more in there, take some out, and reorganize it in the manner in which you want to do,
but this is just my experience, you know, playing high school, college, and professional
baseball and how a lot of the good practices were scheduled. So, first, you’re going to
start with like a meeting and explaining the practice so everyone on the team can have
the same mind set and what they’re trying to accomplish that day. So, that’s only going
to take about five minutes. Then you want to warm up and stretch and get your throwing
in so all of this with a dynamic stretch and a good warm up and getting your throwing in,
your long tossing, or whatever your throwing program has for that day, is going to take
about 20 minutes. Next what we would do is break down into individual work. So, the pitchers
would go do their thing, infielders go do their thing, outfielders do their thing, and
catchers doing their thing. You know, catchers could work on blocking, or receiving, whatever
the individual work held for them that day. You can implement many different things. Pitchers
could be doing pick offs, or doing their PFPs at that time. Infielders could be working
on footwork, or short hops, or whatever you have planned for them that day, you could
do that there, and outfielders can take reads off the fungo, or maybe working on ground
balls coming to them and working on their crow hop as they’re coming through. So, that
individual work part of the practice plan should be about 30 minutes. Then from there
we’re going to break it down and go into a team defense. Now you can do many different
things for team defense. Some of them include, and you can switch these up every other practice
or however you want to structure it, but here’s just some ideas. You can take infield outfield
one time. You could do pop up priorities. Cut offs, work on cut offs, up in the middle,
where everyone is supposed to be in different situations. Work on your bunt defenses and
how you’re going to call them, relay them in, and then perform them on the field as
a team. You could do 14 outs where your having coach hit the ball to different positions
and just play the situation as is and if you get it correct you get a point, you get an
out for it, and when you get to 14 without any mistakes then you’re done there. Usually,
you structure team defense for about 30 minutes as well. And then from there you’re going
to go into batting practice. Now if you’ve got a team of about 20 guys, you could break
it down into 4 groups of 5 guys, and what you’re going to do in these 4 different groups
is, one group is going to be taking balls at their position so wherever they’re at in
the field they can be taking ground balls, fly balls, whatever it is. The next group
is going to be hitting in the cage, so getting ready, getting warmed up to go hit on the
field. Group 3 can be hitting on the field, live BP, taking swings. Usually you can go
2 or 3 rounds of 8 pitches, you get some bunts in, you get some get em on, get em over, get
em in, do some hit and runs, and then do a base hit round. You know, however you want
to structure that, but usually 2 or 3 rounds of 8 or so pitches per guy. And then the last
group is going to be running bases. So after you hit live on the field, you’ll get on each
base and read the balls hit off the batter’s bat and run on the base path as if you were
reacting to that hit. So those are your 4 groups and that’s what you can do do with
those 4 groups and that will take about 15 minutes each group to go through all 4 stations.
So, it’s going to take an hour in total right there. And then at the end of practice, you
know, you’re going to have to get your conditioning in so you can all come together as a team.
Sometimes the pitchers will get their conditioning done in their individual work whatever they
have, maybe they have bullpens that day, but whatever it is you can get together as a team
at the end and get some conditioning in and then you of course you want to break it down,
talk about how the practice went, how you’re going to go the rest of the week, what you’re
plans and goals are as a team for the rest of the week, and then you’ve got to clean
your position. You know, do the field maintenance, rake up around your bases, at the catcher’s
plate, pitcher’s mound, whatever it is, make sure your field is real nice and you know
conditioning takes about 20 minutes and the break down, the meeting, and the field maintenance
will take about 15 minutes. So, that’s 3 hours right there for you. That’s a little sample
practice plan. I hope that answers your questions for you guys who were asking about practice
plans for baseball and let me know if you have any other questions specifically about
this and I would love to help you guys. Alright, talk to you soon. Bye. If you found this video
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7 thoughts on “Practice Plans for Baseball

  1. Would you make a video about how to improve throwing velocity, like exercises or something (or have you already made one idk haha)

  2. That is a great video.  What makes me cringe more than any one thing is a poorly run practice.  It is absolutely necessary in my opinion to have players in groups no more than 5 or maybe 6 (pitchers) and working stations. 

    Also, I hand every position coach and assistant a copy of the practice itinerary with times on it in the initial meeting so that the meeting gets everyone on the same sheet of music, coaches know if they're on schedule or not.  

    Then it is also important that each position coach is implementing the lesson plan that needs infosys. For example, the last 2 games we made baserunning errors.  I want the coach that is coaching baserunning to emphisize freezing on line drives, reading the ball off the bat, so on.  Not just the same practice in the same stations every day.  Every practice will also have a general emphasis, like hustle, help a teamate, crisp throws, short hop plays, aggressive baserunning, attacking the inside of the ball, bat control, off speed pitches, etc.  

    Good luck this season.

  3. Looking at different videos of how other people run their practices – I'm helping my friend run an 8 year old team after coaching HS and collegiate ball for the past 15 years….so I want to know what else is out there.

    This was hands down the most logical explanation I've ever seen. It's exactly how we've run it. First 20: Stretch, Run, Throw (positional, too). I always rearranged things than how you did them…we'd do our PFP, 1st/3rd/Bunt D/Looks and Picks right after (so the OF could be dummy runners all at once).

    Then positional, group, team. Then I let the hitting coach do whatever the hell he was going to do on the offensive side (BP as you suggested, except…how can you have a 4 person shag group?). Then baserunning and maintenance. I'm much maligned in the northeast for my ways – everyone wants to take I/O and live beeps and get out – so it's good that I'm not alone!

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