I find these two drills provide effective baseball practice plans that your players will have fun with as well. Adding the element of competition always enhances your players investment in the practice.
Baserunning Game Drill
I do this baseball game where half the team is on 1st and half on 3rd.
There is a tee at home plate and one player from the first team gets up to bat. The player hits the ball off the tee and runs the bases until the other teams player touches the ball after running from the base to touch it.
The team with the most runs wins. I usually let them bat once to twice depending on time and the winning team doesn’t have to do something at the end of practice.
The players really like it and it’s conditioning and hitting practice. This is a drill you can tweak and change to fit the way you want it to go too.
To get batters to focus on the ball as it leaves the pitchers hand, I have a few baseballs marked with different color dots, and pitch to them.
They are told to hit only the ball with say the red dots. This forces them to focus on the ball from the moment it leaves the pitchers hand. Make sure the batter can’t see the color dots before you pitch the ball.
You can make it into a competition, by eliminating a batter when he swings at the wrong color ball. Kids love it!