Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Breaking it Down

1/2 Field Drills

Objective:
To have players execute a variety of defensive situations by splitting the field in half and focusing on individual responsibilities of the defensive position.

Groups:
1. Right Fielder, 1st Baseman, 2nd Baseman, and Catcher
2. Left Fielder, 3rd Baseman, Shortstop, and Catcher
3. Center Fielder, Shortstop, 2nd Baseman, Catcher

Session 1
Group 1: Right Fielder, 1st Baseman, 2nd Baseman, and Catcher
Situations:
- Single to right field with no one on base.
- Single to right field with no one on base with throw to trailer.
- Double to right field gap with no one on base.
- Double to right field line with no one on base with throw to trailer.
- Double to right field gap with runner on 2nd base.
- Double to right field line with runner on 1st base.
- Sacrifice fly with runner at 3rd base.
- Fly ball in shallow right field.
- Ground ball to 2nd baseman.
- Ground ball to 1st baseman.
- Bunt Plays.
- Stolen base attempt to 2nd base.
- Throw behind attempt at 1st base.

Session II
Group 2: Left Fielder, 3rd Baseman, Shortstop, and Catcher
Situations:
- Single to left field with no one on base.
- Single to left field with no one on base with throw to trailer.
- Double to left field gap with no one on base.
- Double to left field line with no one on base with throw to trailer.
- Double to left field gap with runner on 2nd base.
- Double to left field line with runner on 1st base.
- Sacrifice fly with runner at 3rd base.
- Fly ball in shallow left field.
- Ground ball to 3rd baseman.
- Ground ball to shortstop.
- Bunt Plays.
- Stolen base attempt to 3rd base.
- Throw behind attempt at 2nd base with shortstop.

Session III
Group 3: Center Fielder, Shortstop, 2nd Baseman, Catcher
Situations:

- Single to left- center field with no one on base.
- Single to right-center field with a man on 1st base.
- Double to left-center field gap with no one on base.
- Double to right-center field gap with no one on base.
- Fly ball shallow center field.
- Stolen base attempt to 2nd with RHP.
- Stolen base attempt to 2nd with LHP.
- Bunt Plays.
- Throw behind runner at 2nd base.
- Double play turns with 2nd baseman and shortstop.

Strengths:
These sessions allow the coaching staff to split up and focus on the individual needs of each player. While defensive drills are being conducted, coaches can work with the other position players on key elements of the offensive game. By having a small group, coaches can monitor player’s mastery of the proper offensive techniques. Defensively, this practice model allows players to experience various defensive situations without the use of the entire team, so players can receive many repetitions. Also, this practice model helps players comprehend the importance of each person’s responsibilities during a defensive situation. This includes defenders backing up bases and lining up the relays to the proper bases. Furthermore, catchers will receive extensive practice communicating with defenders during a defensive situation. This practice model works well with a coaching staff of three, with two coaches conducting the defensive drills and one coach operating the offensive sessions.



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