Baseball practice plan – Free download (plus #1 mistake baseball practice plans should avoid)

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Free practice plan, created by MN Twins Doug Bernier.

In 30 years of playing both amateur & professional baseball, I’ve been a part of many good and not-so-good practices.  Here are few ways to evaluate if your baseball practice plans are good ones.

Plus, I’ve put together a simple, effective template you can use for your practices – and customize as needed.

#1 biggest mistake in baseball practice plans

Baseball practices don’t have to be long to be effective.

A time-efficient practice plan can cover everything that needs to be practiced in an up tempo, no-standing-around-and-wasting-time sort of way.

Don’t Waste Time, It Creates Bad Habits

Wasting time causes a very negative domino effect:

  • I know that as a player once I start standing waiting for what to do next I start to get sloppy and sluggish, with my body and more importantly my mind.
  • Once players start going through the motions they are not learning anything or getting better.
  • Having quick and efficient stations keep the players engaged throughout practice.
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If players go into each practice knowing they are going to work hard for a short amount of time, they will be mentally ready each and every practice.

The opposite is true if practices are long, drawn out and inefficient.

The Benefits of this Practice Plan

I came up with this basic practice plan from looking back on the positives of spring training during my time with the CO Rockies, NY Yankees, Pirates and MN Twins organizations, and then adapted it to be age appropriate for players older than 14 years old.

What I personally like about this practice plan is everything has a purpose.

Like I said before, I have been a part of many good and many poor practices in my playing career.  Practices that resembled this downloadable, printable practice plan I’ve put together for you… (1) seemed to be more engaging and (2) our team gave more effort & learned more.

I believe that your team will feel the same way.

I hope this baseball practice plan is helpful for you.  Enjoy!


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About Author

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Doug Bernier, founder of Pro Baseball, debuted in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and has played professional baseball for 5 organizations (CO Rockies, NY Yankees, PIT Pirates, MN Twins, & TX Rangers) over the past 16 years. He has Major League time at every infield position, and has played every position on the field professionally except for catcher. (You should click to watch this great defensive play by Bernier) Where is he now? After 16 years of playing professionally, Doug retired and took a position as a Major League scout with the Colorado Rockies for 2 years. Currently Doug is the Data and Game Planning Coordinator with the Colorado Rockies


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