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Jamie Joy Feature

Volume 4, No. 1  

   January  2009


Were Talking about Practice
By Jamie Joy, Manager of Operations

You have heard it over and over … “Practice makes perfect,” but, what about fun?

Fun can be organized, challenging and able to bring a community together for a common goal.

Well, if you think about it, a Little League practice is able to accomplish all of those and more. Just think, something that was once thought of as unnecessary and boring can transform not only a team, but it can also bring a league and a town together.

When you create your next practice make sure that you incorporate the above mentioned items.

Start with fun. Players will be very receptive to activities that make them better, especially if they learn while having fun.

Organization is critical to running a successful practice. This is where you can tie the community feel into your practices. Parents often want to assist in practices. Why not use them to help towards your teams’ common goal of learning and having fun.

Make sure that you show the volunteering parents how you want the drill to be taught and allow them to assist under your direction. This will help create an atmosphere conducive to success. By doing this you can work in a more manageable setting with the players.

By creating a practice plan with parents in addition to your assistant coaches, you will have the time to challenge players with more difficult drills. By having extra volunteers the manager or coaches will be able to spend valuable time instructing the players in a one-on-one setting. With this new found time you’ll be able to fine tune the players skills with more challenging drills.

Managers and coaches, I encourage you to take advantage of Little League Baseball and Softball’s informative and free online resource www.LittleLeaguecoach.org.

On this website, you will be able to learn drills, plan your season, create practice plans, and much more. Take a moment to visit the site and sign up today! Make the most of your practices and until next time keep swinging!

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