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  • How do you distribute time for private work?

    When work on your own, how do you divide the work load between hitting, fielding, pitching? Of course it depends on each player's strength and weakness, just want to get a general idea.

  • #2
    As a preteen it was 100% fun. We did whatever he wanted to do.

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    • #3
      I try and make a suggestion as to what I think needs to be worked on and then let the player decide what he wants to work on. I try and make it fun, and include stuff that he really wants to do. I will try and get him to commit to 10 minutes of what I think he needs to work on, but I don't push it. Again this is a pre-teen as well.

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      • #4
        If you hit you will play so 75% hitting, 25% fielding/pitching.

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        • #5
          Unless you are getting individual instructions, or your player isn't getting enough bullpen time, I would stay away from working on pitching outside of your practices. I think generally kids throw too much as it is.

          As far as between hitting and fielding, I would agree to fly's 75% hitting/25% fielding breakdown. Players love to hit, so getting them to do it is easy. Fielding is a different animal. I've found that their attention span is very short with doing fielding work, so you get to a point of diminishing returns quick.

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          • #6
            Everyone wants to hit, and, that's what they do. Few want to work on fielding. And, they should work more on it.
            Coaching experience: Managed 5 Little League teams and coached on 4 others. So, what do I know?

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            • #7
              I took my son to the cages for hitting. The work we did at the field was fielding and throwing. He had no problem doing rep after rep blocking pitches as a catcher or fielding at short. Grounders were to his right or left, never routine. Before we finished we did hot dog time. It was making diving catches and throwing from the ground. Or up the middle, between the legs and behind the back flips to second. He practiced retrieving wild pitches from the backstop and coming up throwing. I swear he knew every bump on the field. On wild pitches he had a fairly good idea which way the ball would bounce based on where it went by him. Of course, he did mound work. Once on the big field he worked on turning two and centerfield work going after line drives up the gap and shots over his head.

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              • #8
                At the moment I bring both my 3 year old son and 9 year old daughter to the field. Mom comes too with the 6 month old..she shags. Son gets to hit and run the bases first, sometimes it is 10 swings sometimes it is 100..he tells me when he is done. Sometimes he then fields some grounders if he feels like it or we play catch. Recently he has wanted to take grounders with his sister so he parks himself at third while my daughter is at SS and I hit them both grounders. Daughter probably gets about 50 grounders per session. First 15 to 20 I have her throw to first with the L-screen set up as the first baseman. Daughter then hits, probably about 75 to 100 swings. Once in a while I will take her to her team's facility to hit in the cages but it is a drive (45 minutes) so we don't do that too much in the summer. I'd rather hit on the field anyway. We do this twice a week in the summer if she doesn't have a tournament game Friday night, otherwise we just go on Tues. 1 or 2 other days I pitch wiffles to my daughter at home and my son takes some swings with regular baseballs or wiffles, depending on what he says he wants. At home we do some fielding work too. I also take my daughter to the field to either hit or field for 20 minutes or so before her team practices on Monday and Thurs. On the days her team hits, I will hit her 30-50 grounders and on the day her teams fields she will hit about 50 balls or so. Her team practices are not very efficient....

                So, overall I would say the work in the week is about 60% hitting 40% fielding/throwing. Not sure what I am going to do when the two little ones start to get older, may have to quit my job to have enough time to do it all =).. Of course by that point my daughter will have more things going on and/or may just not to work with me anymore = (
                Last edited by pattar; 10-02-2018, 06:08 AM.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for everyone's input! When I work with him, mostly hitting. I let him work with a fielding coach once a week, that's very rewarding, he fell in love with fielding ground balls, and has been key infielder on his teams the last couple of years, never worried about playing time again. Pitching I don't let him work too much, once a while take a pitching lesson for mechanics..

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