10-U Practice Plan 3

Practice Length: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes

Best Practices for Long-term Development:

  • Teaching the framework for sportsmanship, being a good teammate, and how much FUN (again) baseball is should be the overall idea—it always should.
  • 10-U practices should also introduce more detailed fundamentals—for all positions—that will help the development of muscle memory (and avoid bad habits).
  • Build each practice more linearly—from day to day, week to week—which will allow each player to improve their skills as their bodies continue to develop.
  • Patience! The growth within this age group is anything but uniform; so remember to focus on one-on-one mentoring and teaching. Help them grow toward being “their” best!

Pre-Practice Warm-Up

Dynamic Warm Up 10U: 10 minutes

YSPN360 Coaching Tip: Begin adding more focused-based elements during this routine—increase the pace as you move along, going max effort the last minute. By now, the players should start to have a general idea of the warmup structure and should be almost routine.

YSPN360/Dugout Captain Video(s) to Incorporate

Practice

Defense/Stations: 35 Minutes

Warmup Catch: 10 Minutes

YSPN360 Coaching Tip: Go slowly, making sure that the distance is a progression and not a race. Work on grips. Using the core and feet. Etc.

Note: Coaches—it’s your absolute job to be mindful about preventing injuries. Keep an eye on the players during this time. Talk about the importance of stretching an introduce exercises that will help them along the way.

YSPN360/Dugout Captain Video(s) to Incorporate

Outfield—Hit the Cutoff Man/Infield—DP Feeds: 25 Minutes (Split)

YSPN360 Coaching Tip: Begin with a full infield, with the third baseman, shortstop, second baseman working on DP feeds. The outfielders should be in a group in right, with one man near center (cutoff man), and then one player with the coach in left—who will hit the fungos.

Note: Rotate at the halfway point, as needed.

Outfielders: Ease into the throws. This drill is about accuracy; not speed!

YSPN360/Dugout Captain Video(s) to Incorporate 

Offense (Pitcher-Catcher Side-Work): 45 Minutes

Cage Work/Tee Work/Pitchers & Catchers Report: 25 Minutes (Rotate)

YSPN360 Coaching Tip: Everything should be a progression at this stage. For the hitters: work on mixing in cha groups into the BP.

For the pitchers: This is dry work for the pitchers—leg lifts and holds. If there are pitchers who haven’t thrown a lot (ie outfield), then maybe 10-12 pitches.

Catchers: Work on receiving.

YSPN360/Dugout Captain Video(s) to Incorporate

Hitting:

Pitching/Catching:

Baserunning—Down to First Reads: 10 Minutes

YSPN360 Coaching Tip: Progress on the Arm Swing Cycle and include game-like situations, where the runner gets used to looking over the right shoulder (past ball) and the left (runners ahead).

Note: Have a coach down at first—again, like a game—to have the players focus on running through the bag/making the turn.

YSPN360/Dugout Captain Video(s) to Incorporate

Post-Practice Mentoring/Leadership: 5 Minutes

Discussion: 5 Minutes

  • What was their favorite part of the day—what did they learn?
  • Talk about expectations: being a good teammate, being focused while having FUN.
  • Talk about the next practice: what to expect.
  • Get a show of hands: Who wants to pitch?
  • Remember: End the practice with a High Five Line—“Good Game!”

YSPN360 Coaching Tip: Life lessons and Mentoring Dialogue will play a role at this age, but shouldn’t be introduced right off the bat—take time to discuss who likes what best, and why. Build the Life Lessons organically as the team continues to grow. That way they will retain the information a little better.

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