Run Effective Baseball Practice by Doing These
In all my years of coaching and teaching baseball, I have found that nothing is more important than making practice time seem as vital to players as the games are. This is no easy challenge of course, because games are so much fun for most players, but still a good challenge to try to live up to for coaches. Following are 5 keys to run effective baseball practice.
- Start practice on time and not with a talk, but with action. You want parents, who bring kids late, to know their child is missing some valuable practice instruction. Additionally, players often note that and insist they get to the next practices on time. Coaches should actively engage in this beginning practice time and inform parents that if they have questions for the coach, they should arrive before the practice start time. After all players have arrived, coaches then gather players for the initial talk of what they will cover in practice that day and for any necessary demonstration. It is not fun for coaches to have to go over the same initial instruction, because some players missed the opening talk.
- Give equal amount of attention to each player. It is easy to spend more time with players, who need the most work, and neglect players, who do things well, or the opposite of neglecting bad players because they seem beyond hope. It is important for coaches to spend time with all. For slighted players at one practice, coaches make up for it the next, so that, over time, all players get the same amount of coaching attention.
Other Run Effective Baseball Practice Tips
- Challenge players differently and appropriately, and let them know you are doing just that. Players improve when pushed to their limit, just short of when frustration sets in.
- Keep players busy by using often-changing skill stations, short talks and demonstrations, and slightly competitive drills and game situation plays.
- Give players homework – this serves to let kids know how they can improve, that is necessary they improve, and that you care that they improve.
Of course, nothing is more important for coaches to run effective baseball practice than preparation and organization, as well as a decent amount of knowledge of the game to coach players of that age.