Looking for a little league practice plan? You’ve come to the right place!
Below, you’ll find a detailed practice template which is designed for 6-12 year olds. We’ll start out with a baserunning and throwing block to get the kids warmed up and focused. After that, we’ll split the team up into stations and work on some throwing and catching. Finally, we’ll play a fun game-like drill called Clutch Batting.
Please note – the plan is designed for a 90 minute practice, but you can easily adjust it by changing the duration of each individual drill. Or adding your own drills to create a longer session.
Let’s do this!
Phase 1: Warmup (20 mins)
Dynamic Warmup (5 mins)
Jog & Skip Forward & Backward, High Knee Runs, Carioca, Walking Lunge
1st Base Sprint (5 mins)
If you don’t have use of the infield, this drill works just as well with four cones – one for the start of each of the players lines, and the other 60 feet away at a diagonal, replicating first base. Split the two teams so that they are fair matches in terms of speed.
- The coach will yell ‘Go!” and the players will take off looking to beat their matchup to their respective base.
- The first player to tag his base wins the race!
- Go through both teams at least twice, with the winning team being whichever one won the most races
It’s important that players are overrunning the base in this drill – we want them to replicate a game situation and learn to maximize their speed on that sprint to 1st.
Encourage younger kids to pump their arms and knees to increase their speed
Kneel Throw (10 mins)
- The player who starts with the ball will throw to his partner, with the partner making the catch using only the upper body.
- Players will continue like this, counting the number of catches in a row they can hit.
- After 4 consecutive catches, the partners can take a step back
- After about 5 minutes, whichever group has hit the highest number of throws in a row without a dropped ball is the winner!
The emphasis for players here is to really rotate their upper body through their throwing motion – it’s the only way the will be able to throw with power and accuracy from down on one knee.
Feel free to adjust the distance as you see fit based on your team’s age and skill level.
Phase 2: Stations (40 Mins)
For the next stage of this little league practice plan, we'll split the team up into two groups, then rotate them through two stations for 20 minutes each.
Receiver Drill (20 Mins - Infield)
- The coach will loft balls underhand to the batter, who will hit them out to the fielders.
- The fielders will catch the balls and throw them to the catcher.
- The players will rotate as follows – outfield to catcher, catch to batter, batter to outfield.
The coach/soft-tosser should loft the ball so it lands in the dirt at the batter’s feet. You can practice different pitch locations by aiming for the front foot or back foot, or tossing with more speed and less arc
For extra difficulty, you can substitute whiffle golf balls
To add an extra element, have players automatically get to swap in to batter if they can shag a fly ball off the batter.
You need a bucket to act as home plate – but if you can’t find one, a bag works just fine.
Have all players form one line about 100-200 feet away from the bucket, and each bring a couple baseballs with them. Coach will stand beside the bucket to collect the thrown balls.
- One at a time, players will attempt to throw a ball that hits the bucket.
- After a couple cycles, make it a game.
- Each player gets three throws, with the top four from the first round moving on to the semis, and continuing on through the finals until you’ve crowned a winner.
Remind players that one or two hop throws count as well! They will quickly learn that these types of low, hard throws are easily the most effective way to hit the bucket.
Offer a prize, like a Gatorade or pack of baseball cards, to the player who wins the drill
Phase 3: Game Preparation (20 Minutes)
For the last 20 minutes of this practice, we'll work on a fun drill that will help your kids prepare for the intensity and competition of a real game!
Clutch Batting (20 Mins)
- Each batter will be working with a two strike count, so any player that misses or takes a strike is out.
- The coach will pitch to the batter, who will attempt to put the ball in play and get safely to first while the defense tries to make the out.
- Regardless of whether the batter makes it to first safe or not, they will hustle out to left field as depicted in the diagram above, with the rest of the players rotating accordingly and a new batter stepping in from the front of the line.
To keep it fresh and interesting for the kids, you can create a ‘Clutch Batting Champion’! After every kid has hit, have all the batter who safely made it to first go again. Keep going, eliminating batters who don’t make it to first until you crown your champion!