Here is our list of things all teams need to make sure they cover before the season starts. You can download our full checklist of over 100 skills to practice at the bottom of this article.



  • Forehand
  • Backhand
  • One hand
  • Two hand
  • Backhand crossover
  • One hops
  • Charging slow rollers
  • Rundowns
  • Covering Bases
  • Bunt coverage
  • Receiving Throws
  • Tag Plays
  • Infield Fly
  • Interference
  • Obstruction
  • Flips
  • Pop up precedence
  • Looking for the next out
  • Holding runners on
  • When to hold runners
  • Pickoff plays
  • Backing up behind pitcher
  • Bobbled balls


  • Coming In
  • Going Back – Drop Step
  • Fielding ball on the ground
  • Do or die
  • Ball off fence
  • Ball in sun


  • First Base Leadoffs
  • Second Base Leadoffs
  • Third Base Leadoffs
  • Secondary Leads
  • Reading Wild Pitches
  • Stealing Second
  • Stealing Third
  • Stealing Home

Base Coaches

  • Commands: Round, Look, Go, Back
  • Signs


  • Popup Slides
  • Diving Back on Pickoffs

Balls in the Air

  • Tagging Up
  • Going Halfway on Popups
  • Freezing on a Line Drive
  • Seeing Liners Through

Managing the Running Game

  • Holding a Runner On
  • Holding a Runner Close
  • Pickoff moves to first base
  • Lefty Pickoff Moves
  • Pickoff moves to second base
  • Pickoff moves to third base
  • First and third plays
  • Covering a base
  • Tagging a runner

Defensive Positioning

  • Infield Depths
  • Outfield Shifts
  • Infield In

Learn More:

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Getting the Ball in From the Outfield

  • Cutoffs
  • Relays
  • Double Relays

Pitcher and Catcher

  • Calling Pitches
  • Pitch Sequences
  • Calling pickoffs¬†and¬†pitchouts
  • Back picks

Position Specific Skills

It is a good idea to devote time to covering position specific skills with players who play that position or the whole team if appropriate.

First Baseman

  • Throws in the dirt
  • Coming off the bag
  • Positioning with Runner – holding, in front or behind

Classroom Work

  • Important Rules
  • Sportsmanship
  • Nutrition
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