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It was a nice spring pre-season day. First, the coaches and players just piled in the gate and started playing catch without even checking to see if I was finished with my baseball lesson. Rude!
We moved our stuff to the outfield and finished our baseball workout. I would have gladly moved to the outfield any way but it would have been respectful to at least ask.
By the appearance of things the players looked like recreation league kids that had just been assigned a team or recently went through tryouts.
The baseball coaches appeared to be nice to the kids but had no idea what they were doing.
No one appeared to know how to teach baseball, much less run and plan a baseball practice that taught baseball skills, gave the kids numerous repetitions to touch the ball or swing the bat, and even began to know how to make the practice fun.
In a word it was AWFUL!
Out of the corner of my eye I watched the coaches and the ball players line up to play catch. Predictably the players paired off and started lobbing the ball back and forth.
The players received very little if any throwing instruction on catching the ball or throwing tips.
I counted about eight players at this baseball practice. One player went to play firstbase and the rest lined up a shortstop to field groundballs.
One of the coaches started hitting fungo grounders to the players lined up at shortstop. There was no introduction into any fielding footwork, fielding stance, and ball transfer, baseball glove positioning, or anything.
The baseball coach began the fielding drill hitting grounders fairly hard on a really rough skinned infield. None of kids could field a grounder. Since the fielders could not catch it –they also had no throws to the bases. An ABSOLUTE nightmare!
The Batting practice was absolute rally killer. First, the baseball team had a live pitcher trying to throw strikes to the batters. This is not good practice to follow when trying to teach baseball skills.
One of the dad coaches put on a mask and umpired behind the catcher—not sure what that was about? I guess the volunteer dad coach was actually the live umpire.
Each batter got an at bat. All the batters would have walked but the umpire gave them a couple more pitches to try to swing at.
If the batter swung they always and missed. Two hitters got plunked. I was there for 25 minutes of batting practice and never saw a ball hit fair.
The hitters were stepping out and scared to swing the bat. A coach was going around the infield showing the infielders how to get ready and no one ever hit them a ball.
Finally, a coach tried to pitch batting practice and beaned a batter so he quit throwing. AGONIZINGLY BORING!
Pitching Mechanics: Workout your pitchers on the side. Keep the baseball pitches very simple using baseball skills for throwing.
First, throw the fastball over the plate. When you can throw 60-70% strikes with a fastball then it might be time to try other baseball pitches like a change-up.
Pitching Baseball: Just about every baseball player should try to pitch. Relying on one or two pitchers in not smart. Try to develop at least four pitchers per age year.
Baseball Parents: Parents are welcome at practice. Position yourself in an area that will not be distracting to the players. I do not want my players looking into the bleachers all the time to get coaching from mom or dad baseball parent.
This particular baseball practice had all the parents either in their lawn chairs behind the backstop or standing at the backstop while the batters took their batting practice.
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