•All kids on the field for defense – crowd the infield (no outfielders, no catcher)
•Bat the roster each inning
•Hit off the T to start the year
•Introduce coach pitch later in the year - pitch from reasonable distance
•Coaches - do your best to hit the bat (throw underhand, overhand, on a knee, throwing darts – just get in a position to hit the bat when the player swings) If you are 6' tall, don't pitch overhand standing upright to a 3' tall kid as the angle of the pitch becomes too extreme. Pitch underhand or take a knee. The goal of the coach-pitcher is to hit the bat.
•NEVER MORE THAN 5 PITCHES, then use the T
•Advance 1 base per player
•Get kids out – goal is first base, force at other bases is ok too
•Keep it moving and fast paced – downtime is the enemy
•Catching a baseball is the last skill kids learn – don’t use a hard ball
•Start your practice on time
•Parents need to be involved in running drills
•Have a practice schedule – see sample below
•Do your best
•Reward effort, not results. Keep it positive and have fun. This is a team sport.
•Parents - Invest in some cheap tools: cones, heavy ball, tennis balls, whiffle balls, footwork ladder
00-05 – Gather at home plate. Run the bases in the proper order. Call out each base. 2-3 times around the bases.
05-10 – Learn the players names. Have them introduce themselves and repeat their names.
10-20 – 4 corners (run forward, shuffle, run backward, shuffle)
Footwork ladder or draw in dirt
20-65 – 45 minutes via 10 minute stations
1) Hitting off the T into the backstop
2) Fielding grounders (slow rollers – introduce technique)
3) Throw to first base
-longer throw, older kid(s) or parent at first
4) Hitting whiffle balls
5) Pick up bare hand (push ball into ground)
6) 3 step throwing technique
7) Regular hitting practice with T-Ball level ball
8) Review Little League T-Ball instruction book
65-75 – Relay race (by team) – end with something fun