Dynamic Warm Up
CWLL Coaches Clinic 2018
Below are two documents that were presented at this year's coaches clinic. The "2018 CWLL Coaches Clinic" has a copy of all slides used during the Level 1 clinic. The "Drill Package" has a description of all the drills we discussed (and a few more!) during the session.
Considerations for Player Development
- Remember that at the youngest age groups there is even more uncertainty around what a player will become as they get older; allow multiple experiences for them to develop
- Players should be developed as:
- Complete offensive players
- Diverse defenders
- A player that bats in the bottom third of the lineup regularly could end up 15 at bats behind a player with the same number of innings but who hit at the top of the lineup.
- Suggestion: You can either rotate your lineup or move different players up into the middle third of the lineup each game
- There is a myth in baseball...Fly ball drills are for outfielders and ground ball drills are for infielders. This is SIMPLY NOT TRUE.
- Infielders who can read fly balls and get to more bloopers will strengthen your overall defense. In my opinion, there are WAY too many foul pop ups that are dropped by corner infielders simply because of poor footwork.
- Outfielders should field ground balls the EXACT same was as infielders when they are not throwing a runner out. In addition, glove work (traditionally labeled an “infield drill”) is critical for outfielders when charging a ball and throwing a runner out.
- Suggestion: Try running fly ball drills in a different location (i.e. on the back of the infield) in order to dispel this myth.
- Suggestion: Still run stations, but run all of your fly ball drills at the same time so all members of the team participate.
- Personally, I was a shortstop in high school until my junior year. I moved to the outfield and played in college as an outfielder before my final year of college when I moved back to the infield to play 3rd base. This was a story about our 3rd basemen not taking care of their school work so they stayed eligible, but it was also a story about the unpredictability of defensive positions. What happens if one of your players is locked into a position this year and when they move on next year there are 3 other players ahead of them at that position? Have we “developed”?
- Challenging players by moving them around the diamond can be valuable as long as your reasons are clearly explained to players and parents.
- Suggestion: Get players out of their comfort zone and move them around. Also, try to force yourself to get out of your comfort zone when writing line ups. It is true that your overall team defense might suffer for a game, but your player’s will than you when they have to move to a foreign position at some point in the future.