Sample Hitting Practice Plans (Step 6)

The Hitting Practice Plan Series

Baseball and Fastpitch Softball

 

This Sample Hitting Practice Plans article has been excerpted from The Ultimate Hitting Training Guide (click the link to learn about our new hitting drill book!). Use these sample hitting practice plans as a template – customize them to your team’s resources and priorities as identified in The Hitting Practice Plan Series steps 1 through 5. Good planning!

 

In The Hitting Practice Plan Series, we guide the coach through developing a plan for the season. Using a top-down approach, the coach formulates player skill development training step-by-step. Upon finishing Step 6 of this series, the end product is individual hitting practice plans which are customized and synchronized with the team’s priorities.

 

Sample Hitting Practice Plans I – Objective: Coordination and Vision – Grade School (Beginning)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool I: Global Coordination Drills.

Station 2 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool III: Hand-Eye Coordination Drills.

Station 3 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool IV: See the Ball Drills.

Station 4 – Experimental Station – Tool II: Experimental Left-Handed Drills, Drill I – Bat Left-Handed Experimentation Drill.

  

 

Sample Hitting Practice Plans II – Objective: Stance and Setup – Grade School (Beginning)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool V: Overcome Fear of the Pitched Ball.

Station 2 – Universal Station –Tool VI: Grip and Stance Construction, Drill I – Grip and Stance Checklist.

Station 3 – Universal Station –Tool VI: Grip and Stance Construction, Drill II – Front to Back Position in the Box Drill.

Station 4 – Universal Station –Tool VI: Grip and Stance Construction, Drill III – Distance from the Plate Drill.

  

Sample Hitting Practice Plans III – Objective: Fastball Discipline – Grade School (Beginning)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool VII: Fastball Discipline Drills.

Station 2 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool VII: Fastball Discipline Drills.

Station 3 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool VII: Fastball Discipline Drills.

Station 4 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool VII: Fastball Discipline Drills. 

 

 

Sample IV – Objective: Gather – Middle School (Developing)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool VIII: Universal Gather Drills.

Station 2 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool VIII: Universal Gather Drills.

Station 3 – Experimental Station – Select a drill from Tool IX: Experimental Stance and Gather Drills.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample Hitting Practice Plans V – Objective: Stride and Approach – Middle School (Developing)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XI: Universal Stride and Approach Drills.

Station 2 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XI: Universal Stride and Approach Drills.

Station 3 – Experimental Station – Select a drill from Tool X: Experimental Stride and Approach Drills.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample VI – Objective: Loading Hands – Middle School (Developing)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XIII: Universal Loading Hands Drills.

Station 2 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XIII: Universal Loading Hands Drills.

Station 3 – Experimental Station – Select a drill from Tool XII: Experimental Loading Hands Drills.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample VII – Objective: Lower Body – Middle School (Developing)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XIV: Universal Leg Drills.

Station 2 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XIV: Universal Leg Drills.

Station 3 – Experimental Station – Tool XV: Experimental Leg Drills, Drill I – Front Foot Angle Experimentation Drill.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample VIII – Objective: Core Rotation – Middle School (Developing)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XVI: Universal Core Drills.

Station 2 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XVI: Universal Core Drills.

Station 3 – Experimental Station – Tool XVII: Experimental Core Drills, Drill I – Axis of Rotation Experimentation Drill.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample IX – Objective: Shoulder Rotation – Middle School (Developing)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XVIII: Universal Shoulder and Head Drills.

Station 2 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XVIII: Universal Shoulder and Head Drills.

Station 3 – Experimental Station – Tool XIX: Experimental Shoulder and Head Drills, Drill I – Rear Shoulder Row (Scap Load) Experimentation Drill.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample Hitting Practice Plans X – Objective: Arms and Hands – Middle School (Developing)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XX: Universal Arms and Hands Drills.

Station 2 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XX: Universal Arms and Hands Drills.

Station 3 – Experimental Station – Select a drill from Tool XXI: Experimental Arms and Hands Drills.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample XI – Objective: Early Bat Speed – Middle School (Developing)

 

Station 1 – Select a drill from Tool XXII: Early Bat Speed Drills.

Station 2 – Select a drill from Tool XXII: Early Bat Speed Drills.

Station 3 – Select a drill from Tool XXII: Early Bat Speed Drills.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample XII – Objective: Follow-Through – Middle School (Developing)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Tool XXIII: Universal Follow-Through Drills, Drill I – Follow-Through Drill.

Station 2 – Experimental Station – Tool XXIV: Experimental Follow-Through Drills, Drill I – One-Hand Release Experimentation Drill.

Station 3 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample XIII – Objective: Timing the Fastball – Middle School (Developing)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XXV: Universal Timing of Fastball Drills.

Station 2 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XXV: Universal Timing of Fastball Drills.

Station 3 – Experimental Station – Tool XXVI: Experimental Timing Drills, Drill I – Pre-loaded Stance Experimentation Drill.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample XIV – Objective: Quality At-Bats – Middle School (Developing) and High School (Experienced)

 

Station 1 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XXVII: Universal Quality At-Bat Drills.

Station 2 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XXVII: Universal Quality At-Bat Drills.

Station 3 – Universal Station – Select a drill from Tool XXVII: Universal Quality At-Bat Drills.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample Hitting Practice Plans XV – Objective: Increase Productivity for Locations – Middle School (Developing) and High School (Experienced)

 

Station 1 – Select a drill from Tool XXVIII: Pitch Location Drills.

Station 2 – Select a drill from Tool XXVIII: Pitch Location Drills.

Station 3 – Select a drill from Tool XXVIII: Pitch Location Drills.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample XVI – Objective: Increase Productivity for Off-Speed – Middle School (Developing) and High School (Experienced)

 

Station 1 – Select a drill from Tool XXIX: Off-Speed Drills.

Station 2 – Select a drill from Tool XXIX: Off-Speed Drills.

Station 3 – Select a drill from Tool XXIX: Off-Speed Drills.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

  

Sample XVII – Objective: Increase Productivity for Movement – Middle School (Developing) and High School (Experienced)

 

Station 1 – Select a drill from Tool XXX: Movement Drills.

Station 2 – Select a drill from Tool XXX: Movement Drills.

Station 3 – Select a drill from Tool XXX: Movement Drills.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

Sample XVIII – Objective: Mental – Middle School (Developing) and High School (Experienced)

 

Station 1 – Select a drill from Tool XXXI: Mental Training Drills.

Station 2 – Select a drill from Tool XXXI: Mental Training Drills.

Station 3 – Select a drill from Tool XXXI: Mental Training Drills.

Station 4 – Assessment Station – Tool XXXII: Make a Hitting Practice Plan, Drill IX – Establish a Retest Process and Schedule.

 

 

The Hitting Practice Plan Series

Using a top-down approach, the coach formulates their training plan step-by-step. The outcome is individual hitting practice plans which fit the team’s priorities. Click each of the links below to systematically build your practice plans for the upcoming year.

Hitting Training Methods (Step 1)

Ten Reasons to Prepare a Practice Plan (Step 2)

Make a 10,000 Foot Plan for the Season (Step 3)

Prioritize Skills to Practice (Step 4)

Prepare a Hitting Practice Plan(Step 5)

Sample Hitting Practice Plans (Step 6)

 

 

Building Rome Series Books: Building the High-Level Swing Series

step by step hitting fundamentalsClick on the link Building the High-Level Swing Series for a detailed and comprehensive description of 100 hitting fundamentals and 140 step-by-step drills that efficiently construct the batting swing from the ground up.

In the Building Rome Series of books, the construction of skills are in functional order, providing a “roadmap” to becoming a great hitter.

All baseball and fastpitch softball players can “climb the Roman Coliseum steps” to become a powerful and productive hitter.

Enjoy the quest!