The manipulation of limited space, time, matter, and energy are up for your designation at the start of practice. We all know that limitation is the mother of creativity. These coaches have some ideas that are multiplying their effectiveness in practice.
In this article, we have six real practice examples of coaches taking the leap to make their practices meet the demands of competitive play. You should definitely consider nabbing one of these for your next practice session.
Utilizing SPACE for Your Range: Prep Step/First Step
That first step counts for so much. Help them practice the prep step until it's second nature.
Reps Defying TIME: 600 Balls in 18 Minutes
Each repetition equals an opportunity for a player to build their skill and confidence.
@FungoMan typical day of practice @ Falcon Field. Today non throw day... and we emptied the machine 3 times in a 18 minute session with both JV & V guys taking balls. Rapid fire mode to OF while coaches fungo infielders. pic.twitter.com/4oaxo9EulD— AC Flora Baseball (@ACFloraBaseball) February 16, 2019
This is what multiplying your time looks like.
Batting Practice That MATTERS: BPx2, BPx3
Chances are your hitters won't see 3 perfect fastballs in a row at the plate. They're more likely to see a variety of pitches, which makes this first practice example so great. Players' pitch readability improves when it is tested. Coach Chris Akridge and Coach Kenny Ledford give their hitters the practice they need to identify fastballs and curveballs through a variety of stations and machines. Add these to your BP regiment.
@sabrebaseball practice last night. 3 station BP alternating. Tee, @fungoman BP, and Offset toss. #yeahthatgreenville #scs #development #southsidechristian #program #baseball #work #reps #practice #sabres #fungoman pic.twitter.com/yPyJaClGmZ— Kenny Ledford (@CoachLedford21) February 8, 2019
Saving ENERGY for Practice-able Diving Plays
Remember that play your outfielder misread? Let him practice it until he gets it right.
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