Georgia Little League

12-Week Coach Pitch Program
Posted Jan 13, 2017

This 12-week Coach Pitch program focuses on the fundamentals of baseball, and is designed to build a solid foundation for becoming a successful ballplayer, including the "emotional tank," as described by Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).  The program assumes that the volunteers who have accepted the responsibility of coaching children in this age group have a limited background in baseball and the leadership and teaching acumen that is inherent with coaching Little Leaguers at this level of the program.

Each week's lesson offers extensive review while continuing to tout the importance of team-building and chemistry.  Coaches can use the opportunities provided in this program to engage with the children on your team and grow their self-worth.  It's important for coaches to remember that Little League is a fun activitiy that has as its prime objective nurturing and growing well-rounded and productive people, not developing elite ball players.

Click the "Week" below in each box for the complete guide to that week.

 

Week One

Practice Goals: What Your Team Should Learn

  1. Be able to hold a ball with a four-seam grip
  2. How to throw to a two-hand target using a four-seam grip
  3. Run through first base
  4. Attempt to catch the ball using two hands
  5. Properly grip a bat

Week Two

Practice Goals: What Your Team Should Learn

  1. How to hold a ball with a four-seam grip
  2. Successfully throw to a two-hand target using a four-seam grip
  3. Attempt to catch the ball using two hands below the waist
  4. Get into an athletic batting stance
  5. Field and transition into a throwing position
 

Week Three

Practice Goals: What Your Team Should Learn

  1. How to hold a ball with a four-seam grip out of the glove
  2. Successfully throw from a knee to a two-hand target using a four-seam grip
  3. Round first base
  4. Attempt to catch the ball using two hands below the waist
  5. Properly grip a bat, hit the ball off a tee
  6. Field with two hands

Week Four

Practice Goals: What Your Team Should Learn

  1. Run the bases
  2. Catching a ball using two hands above the waist
  3. Consistently hit the ball off a tee
  4. To see the ball from the coaches hand when hitting
 

Week Five

Practice Goals: What Your Team Should Learn

  1. Successfully throw to a two hand target using a four-seam grip
  2. Attempt to catch a fly ball using two hands
  3. To separate their hands when throwing
  4. The last three steps of fielding a ground ball

Week Six

Practice Goals: What Your Team Should Learn

  1. Run from home plate to second base and run from second base to home plate
  2. How to hit a ball from the drill soft toss
  3. Play a game of 21
 

Week Seven

Practice Goals: What Your Team Should Learn

  1. Successfully throw to a two-hand target using a four-seam grip while playing a game of 21
  2. Run from first base to third base and from second base to home plate
  3. Take cues from the first base coach
  4. Field a ground ball while moving laterally

Week Eight

Practice Goals: What Your Team Should Learn

  1. Catch a tennis ball above their head
  2. Quickly transition the ball from their glove hand to their throwing hand
  3. Play a simulated game of baseball while working on strengthening their fundamentals
  4. Develop hand-eye coordination through the same side toss drill
 

Week Nine

Practice Goals: What Your Team Should Learn

  1. Be able to quickly relay a ball from the outfield to the infield using a four-seam grip
  2. Field ground balls on their knees, demonstrating the proper two-hand technique

Week Ten

Practice Goals: What Your Team Should Learn

  1. Use a cross/drop step to catch a fly ball using two hands (tennis ball)
  2. Be able to catch a fly ball (baseball)
  3. The way to play long toss
 

Week Eleven

Practice Goals: What Your Team Should Learn

  1. Run the bases more proficiently
  2. Use a cross/drop step to catch a fly ball using two hands (baseball)

Week Twelve

Practice Goals: What Your Team Should Learn

  1. Enjoy the game of baseball and softball
  2. Reflect on the season and how they improved throughout the season