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1 Jack Leggett Head Coach Clemson University “Taking Your Practice to the Next Level”

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3 “Coaching” What I’ve Learned Along the Way  Still the same now as it was 33 years ago  Kids see – Hard work reaps results  Fundamentals – Still the key  Honesty with your players  Know where they stand and their role  Pride is Pride  No Shortcuts to Success  You win as much by your players Playing Hard (hustle, toughness) as you do by talent.  Execute and Handle the Bunt Game, Turn Double Plays, Play Defense, Run Bases  Must change with the times and adjust according to your team’s abilities

4 Successful Players Are – Coachable Want to Learn so you have to teach Tough mentally and physically so you have to challenge them Competitive in everything they do so you must compete Consistent in everything they do so you must Repeat Work Hard so you have to push them to their limits Love to Win so you must play to win in practice Hustle so you must expect hustle in practice Want Discipline so you must demand excellence

5 Practice Organization Team Goals Promises Develop and Improve players – Hard work / repetition / agilities Develop Mentally and Physically Tough players Competitive Spirit and Attitude (instill competition in practice) Develop Tradition ( academics, dress, plate) Great Hitting Team, Bunting Team / pitching / defense / execution / Baserunning Best Hustling Team – Must Hustle in Practice Demand excellence, discipline, and perfection in practice Put a stamp on your team Attention to Detail

6 Practice Organization Team Goals Finish off games You get what you ask for Have a great pitching and defensive team Team drills in practice: – Rundowns – Cut-offs / relays – Priorities – 1 st and 3 rd defense – Pickoffs – Live game situations Develop Teamwork/unselfishness (develop pride in execution) Develop base running and pressure games on offense (Incorporate into practice, talk to them, work on fundamentals, get stronger, believe)

7 Practice Organization After Goals are set Incorporate Goals into practice Plan out each practice (visualize it, explain it) Work on weaknesses and accent strengths Set Priorities – Build from previous practice – Don’t try too much Players come to practice with a plan!

8 Practice Organization Pre-Practice Routine Pre Practice pride/duties Run to fence, touch sign, stretch Pre-practice running routine (structure, discipline) Throwing-drills / Long Throwing Bunt Station / cages Meet as team Explain practice (goals, issues to be addressed, +/- from previous practice) Utilize every free minute before/during/after!!!

9 Drills 1. Pre-Practice Fundamentals - Bunt Station - Throwing drills - Cages-Drills - Stretching Routine 2. Competitive Drills - Compete in Practice Click to watch video

10 Drills 3. Square Drill - switch positions - stop watch - repetition - DP’s - game like- new themes - + / - a.3-1 / 4-3 / 5-4 / 6- Fungo b.4- fungo / 5-3 / 6-4 c. 5- fungo / 6-3 / 4-6 / 3-6 d / / /3-6-3 e.Unassisted DP’s 3B F FF F SS 1B 2B C P/P * Must have catch up men for fungo hitters Click to watch video

11 Drills HITTINGBASERUNNINGDEFENSE 4. BP on Field Routine / Themes HittingBase RunningDefense 2- SAC 1 st Base Hit / Run (1-3) Steal (1-2)Infielders 2- Hit/RunDelay (1-2)to 1 st / DP’s 2- Move Over /- System 2 – Man on 3 rd, infield back2 nd BaseApply Rule (2-4) 1 – Base Hit buntHang outPitchers Tag UpPFP’s 1- Squeeze (stay away from OF’s ) 1- 5 opposite (hard)3 rd Base Down Angle Contact (3-4)Outfielders Heads up Line DriveAngles 5- Free (Gap to Gap)Tag to ScoreCro-Hops Bunt on way outFundamentals Communication 3 – Competition round+/- Whistle Cut-Offs C Pohl 1BMiller SS/3B Schaus L/RSanders 2B/SS C Nester 1BFreeman 2B Lamb C/RMounce 1B/OF C Ward Paulsen 1B Boyd R/LWidmann SS/2B Epps LF/RFStolz 3B/SS Johnson CHinson 3B

12 Drills 4 D 3 D HH Bucket L-Screen screen Batting Practice Click to watch video

13 Drills 5. Play Ball Live Off Bat - +/- system 6. Defense for Sprints - +/- in Batting Practice

14 Drills 7. Ground Ball Scrimmage +/- system Compete SS2B 3B1B RF CF LF P LS HH Scoring System + -_____ GB thru infield Error on Defense Beat out GBLack of 100% Hustle LD that hits dirtLack of Baserunning fundamentals ++ Turn a Double Play Rules: - One base at a time - Any fly balls = an out / and chase ball or pole - 2 foul balls = an out - 2 consecutive GB’s at L Screen = Hit - 3 outs per inning - Sprint Everywhere - ? Infield Only or Full Team

15 Drills 7. Ground Ball Scrimmage a. Left-Side GBS LS 3B SS 1B HH SS 3B OF / C = Hitters Times to 1 st Base Click to watch video

16 Drills 7. Ground Ball Scrimmage a. Right-Side GBS LS P 1B 2B HH OF / C = Hitters Times to 1 st Base 2B 1B Click to watch video

17 Drills 7. Ground Ball Scrimmage a. Middle GBS 2B 1B SS HH CC Click to watch video

18 Drills 8. Bunt Scrimmage - Times to 1 st base Emphasis: a. Location – Pressure on Defense b. Learning to Defend the Bunt c. Defensive communication 2B 1B SS 3B HH P (B,B,B) Click to watch video

19 Drills 9. Execution Scrimmage Emphasis: - with signs - with situations - Priorities - Hit and Run scrimmage R R R R R R H C Click to watch video

20 Drills 10. Automatic Scrimmage a. 1 st base (options) b. 1 st and 2 nd Base (0 outs) (options) c. 2 nd base (0 outs) (options) d. 3 rd base (inf. Back) (options) e. 2 nd and 3 rd Base (0 outs) (options) R R R R R R BP H Options Bunt Hit & Run BH Bunt Steal Click to watch video

21 Drills 11. BP Scrimmage - Live Game Situations - Compete - Keep Score - Emphasis on Hustle and Conditioning

22 Drills 12. Emphasis in Scrimmages When you scrimmage: - BP Scrimmage - Regular Scrimmage - Use Scoreboard - Game Uniforms - Bunt defense to start inning - Throw in 1 st and 3 rd defense plays - No fear of being thrown out on bases - Use 1-1 count - Steal / Situations - Steal Between Innings

23 Drills RFLF CF SS 3B 1B Left Field – 2 / 3 / 4 Center Field – 3 / 4 / 2 Right Field – 4 / 2 / 3 Round 1 – Red Round 2 – Blue Round 3 – Green 13. Outfield Square Drill Click to watch video

24 Drills 14. Emphasis in Scrimmages Teach them how to: - Hustle on to field - Throw ball around infield after K / HR - Take a walk (Hustle) - Have them have a plan in mind - Touch 2 nd base on Fly balls - Recognize Execution / Unselfishness - Body Language on bench - Practice as they expect to play

25 Drills 15. Emphasis in Scrimmages - Strike Out policy - No Strikeouts - No Strikeouts looking - No strike outs with men in scoring pos. - Consequences to all

26 Drills 16. No Fear of Failure Scrimmage - Stealing - Extra-base Hits - Balls in Dirt Emphasis: - Aggressiveness - Baserunning - Stealing - Defense alertness - Holding runners on

27 Drills 17. Short Inning Scrimmages - 2 inning games - 3 inning games - 1 inning games Compete for consequences

28 Drills 18. Perfect pre-game infield / PFP - sprints for mishandled balls 19. Pre-Practice PFP Click to watch video Click to watch video In-Practice PFP Click to watch video Click to watch video Naked PFP - Control the situations 20. Two-Strike AB’s - Toughness - Live Pitching Click to watch video

29 Drills 21. Cut – Offs Relays - vs. Live Runners (use pitchers) - No Doubles / No Triples LFRF CF 3B SS2B 1B Fungo C R CHALLENGE THE DEFENSE P Click to watch video

30 Drills st and 3 rd Offense vs. 1 st and 3 rd Defense SS2B 1B3B C R R P

31 Drills 23. Bunt Offense vs. Bunt Defense P SS2B 1B 3B C R R R H

32 Closing Remarks

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