7 Tee Drill (Ancaster Baseball)

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Written by Scott White 

Purpose: The object of the drill is for 18-20 players to be all working on something with only one coach around.  We always have 18-20 players and I have no assistant so it becomes very important to have them all where I can watch them.

Procedures: First thing you need is 7 tee's. If you cannot afford tees, you could even use soft-tossers. Line the tees up in a semi-circle around home plate. Make sure there is about 5 ft. between each one. Then you need to take your hitting philosophy and put it in the drill. For instance, we believe that a ball just below the knees, should be hit hard on the ground. A ball just above the knees should be hit on a one or two hop line drive. A ball at the thighs should be a solid line drive, and a ball at the waist should be hit for doubles or dingers. We have found that this is the best way to keep our hitters from trying to hit a line drive or double on a ball just below the knees and dipping his shoulder and hitting a pop up. Have your catcher get in position at home plate and have a pitcher on the mound. Put your starting 9 out in the field and 7 guys at the tees. That makes 18, if we have more we have a wiffle ball station, soft toss station, and a tape ball station (if they can hit a 1/2"tape ball they should be able to hit a baseball. There are two at each of those stations(one hitting and one throwing. That makes 24 kids all working at the same time in sight of the coach.  In this drill, it is live just like a game. All batters have helmets on, catcher has gear on and pitcher is working on pitching. Pitcher will throw the ball and the first batter will hit.  

The fielders play it like a game. If there is a base hit, then if the next guy hits a ground ball off the tee we look to turn the double play. We go through all seven and then the seventh guy runs on his hit. Hopefully you will get 5 out of seven of the hitters out. That is always our goal. If we get six or seven we take a sprint off at the end of practice. We add one if we let more than 1 run score. If you had some more players, you could have them run everytime the ball is hit.  

Remember, the tees are set up at different heights and each time a guy hits, he moves to the next tee. We have two set below the knees, one at the knees, one set at the knees outside, two at the thighs, and one at the waist. If the drill is done right, the player that ran, which is the hitter that is on the 7th tee, replaces a guy at his position and that person comes in to hit. It is also a great workout for our pitchers and very good fielding practice for our fielders. We do one round of this, and then move on to other drills. It usually takes us about 30 minutes to go through all 18-20 players of ours. The only trouble with this drill is that your pitchers better be ready when the ball is hit. Sometimes it comes back pretty quick, but we have found our pitchers become better fielders because of this drill. I cannot stress enough that everything is game like. We run our cut-offs, our fake double plays on a hit and run, our 1st baseman moving in behind the runner at second, our pick-off plays:  EVERYTHING.

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Printed from ancasterbaseball.ca on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 8:58 AM