Baseball Lesson Plan

By G. Lewis

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By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

•   Demonstrate hand-eye coordination in movement with over/under hand throw at a specific target.

•   apply a variety of simple tactics to increase their chances of success while participating in striking and fielding baseball activities

 

 

 

Equipment

Bean bags, targets (buckets, hoops, pylons), handheld small balls, baseball bat and tee, bases.

Warm Up:  Race to the Ball/Introduce Bases – 3 Minutes

 

  • Students practice taking a swing and dropping the bat prior to running.

 

  • Students are introduced to the 4 bases and how to run them.
  • Teacher calls out a base, student must run to it.

 

Action:  Passing Up the Ladder – Receiving Skills for grounders and pop flies – 4 Minutes

–        Teacher travels up and down the line giving students the opportunity to field a ground ball (hands down, fingers together) or a fly ball (hands up, thumbs together).

–        Extend to have students practice fielding and throwing to a base (i.e. throw the ball to first to get the runner out).

 

Test It Out:  Off the Wall (fielding) – 4 Minutes

  • Students work in pairs, tossing balls at the wall and fielding them as they bounce off.
  • Students learn to move laterally to react to the balls bouncing off the wall.
  • Remind students of the Success Criteria for the Ready Position, and for Catching and Trapping.
  • Strong students should use tennis balls, while struggling students should use soft skin balls or utility b
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Test It Out:  Spot On (if a small group, use only one tee) – 5 Minutes

  • Students work in groups of 3 – 5. Each group has a variety of balls and two tees (one high and one low).
  • Students choose the appropriate ball and tee to accomplish the task.
  • One student (the striker) strikes a ball off a tee with a bat toward one of the other students, standing in hula hoops. See Fig. 2 for set-up.
  • The student in the hula hoop fields the ball and rolls or bounces it back to the striker.
  • The striking student gets six tries to strike the ball to each of the hoops twice before switching roles.
  • Each student should rotate through the three hula hoops and the striking position.

The Games:  Soccer-Baseball – 7-10 Minutes

  • Equipment/Set-Up: 1 ball (soft soccer ball), 4 “bases” (taped regions on the ground, mats placed on ground, or whatever else designates 4 special areas)
  • Objective: The objective of the game is to score points by kicking the ball, then running around all bases to return to home plate. One point is scored for every striker that makes it around all the bases.
  • The Play: A pitcher rolls the ball on the ground to a striker who kicks the ball within the designated playing area. When the striker has kicked the ball, he/she runs around the bases as far as possible without being struck out.
  • The defensive team can strike out a striker by catching their kick without it hitting the ground, reaching the base with the ball before the striker arrives, or tagging the player with the ball (much like in baseball).
  • Depending on the age and skill level of players, allow the entire offensive team to strike the ball and then switch, or allow 3 (or more) “strikes” before switching. In either case, keep track of points.
  • Variation: Change the ball, the number of players on the field, or the distance between bases for an easier or more challenging game.

The Games:  First and Back – 7 Minutes

  • Set up 5 – 6 playing areas with boundaries indicated by pylons. In each playing area, set up a home plate and a first base using flat markers about three metres apart.
  • Keep the area relatively small, because most students will not be able to strike the ball far.
  • Divide the students into groups of four; one striker and three fielders.
  • Standing at home plate, the striker hits the ball forward with his or her hand/baseball bat and runs to a base and back as many times as possible before being tagged out.
  • The striker may run back as soon as the ball is struck into the field.
  • The three fielders retrieve the ball, pass it to each other so that each fielder touches the ball, and then they may tag the striker with the ball to end his or her turn.
  • The striker must be tagged out even if the ball is caught in the air.
  • When tagged out, the striker changes places with a fielder, who is now the new striker.
  • All students get a chance to be the striker.

The Games:  Scatter Rounders – introduce the fielders.  – 10 Minutes

·       One striker stands at home plate; fielders spread out in the field, ready to receive the ball. The striker hits a ball into the field (off the tee), then attempts to run all of the way around the bases back to home plate.

  • Each “team” keeps hitting until everyone has batted once.
  • Batters run after hitting the ball until the fielding team can run the ball to a base, at which point the runners are frozen on their closest base.  Those making it “home” return to their team line sitting down.
  • For the last batter, the fielders attempt to retrieve the ball and run it to home plate.  They may pass the ball/throw it to home plate, where one instructor will be.
  • The striker is out if the ball is caught in the air.
  • After everyone has hit, teams switch and the fielding team get a chance.  After completing an “inning”, repeat as time allows.

The Games:  Scatter Rounders – introduce the pitcher – 10 Minutes

·       Same as Scatter Rounders above, only this time the instructor pitches underhand to the batter.  May be extended to having the children pitch if it is reasonable and possible.

·       One striker stands at home plate; fielders spread out in the field, ready to receive the ball. The striker hits a ball into the field (off the tee), then attempts to run all of the way around the bases back to home plate.

  • Each “team” keeps hitting until everyone has batted once.
  • Batters run after hitting the ball until the fielding team can run the ball to a base, at which point the runners are frozen on their closest base.  Those making it “home” return to their team line sitting down.
  • For the last batter, the fielders attempt to retrieve the ball and run it to home plate.  They may pass the ball/throw it to home plate, where one instructor will be.
  • The striker is out if the ball is caught in the air.
  • After everyone has hit, teams switch and the fielding team get a chance.  After completing an “inning”, repeat as time allows.

 

Cool Down:  High or Low – 3 Minutes

  • Working in pairs, students face each other with eyes closed.
  • On the count of three, they either simulate fielding a ground ball (hands down, fingers together) or a fly ball (hands up, thumbs together), then open their eyes.
  • If both students do the same thing, they do a stretch involving their legs. If the students do different actions, they do a stretch involving their arms.

 

 

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