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Creating Rotations to Maximize Reps and Touches in Baseball and Softball

Creating Rotations to Maximize Reps and Touches in Baseball and Softball

Here are some great variations to maximize practice time when teaching various defensive fundamentals. Instead of one coach hitting balls to all 9 players (imagine the inefficiency of this) utilize several coaches and various parts of the field to maximize touches and reps.

Just IF Only

Each Rotation should be between 5-8 minutes

Rotation 1

Coach 1 GB to SS for a 6-4-3 DP to short 1B (Short 1B is between 1st and 2nd with screen behind them to protect 1B from errant throws)

Coach 2 GB to 3rd for the 5-3 force out

 

Rotation 2

Coach 1 GB to 2B for 4-6-3 DP to short 1B

Coach 2 Slow rollers to 3B for 5-3 force out

 

Rotation 3

Coach 1 GB to 3B for 5-4-3 DP to short 1B

Coach 2 Deep GB to SS for 6-3 force out (Note: SS must not charge as they will be in way of throw from 3B to 2B)

 

Rotation 4

Coach 1 GB to 3B for 5-2 force out at home

Coach 2 GB to 1B for 3-6-3 DP (Note: hit balls in gaps to involve 2B as well)

Coaches can develop their own rotations when working with pitchers on pickoffs and bunt coverages, working on cutoffs from the outfield or developing their own rotations when working with the infielders. The key is to use multiple coaches and maximize the number of reps and decrease the amount of idle standing by the players.

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