Skills Curriculum

Legend: i: Introduced; D: Developing; M: Mastered

 

   Target Skills

        National        

      American      

        Minors        

         Majors        

Hitting

Grip

X

Basic Stance

D

X

X

Swing: hands back and follow-through

i

D

X

Load and Stride

i

D

X

Strike Zone

i

D

D

X

Situational Hitting (Count)

i

X

Situational Hitting (Runners)

i

D

D

Bunting

i

D

D

X

Adv Hitting (lots of stuff)

i

D

Hitting Opposite Field

i

D

"Good at-bat" concept

i

D

D

X

Fielding

Stance

X

Ready position

X

Basic catching - 2 soft hands

X

Glove-switch at waist

D

X

Blocking balls- outfield

i

D

D

X

Blocking balls- infield

X

X

Short-hops

i

D

X

Pop-ups/Calling ball

X

X

Fly balls over your head

i

D

X

Dives

i

D

Pitcher cover of 1B

i

D

X

Plays at Plate

i

D

Communication between players

i

D

D

D

Throwing

Basic form: turn, step and follow-through

X

X

Grip on ball(2 fingers)

i

X

Crow-hop

i

D

X

Infield throws

i

D

X

Underhand Toss

i

D

X

Outfield Throw-in motion

X

X

Pitching

2-seam grip

X

Change-Up

i

D

Basic Windup: Balance point and stride

i

D

X

Basic Windup: Follow-through

i

D

X

Using the pitching rubber

i

D

X

Targeting/Locating

i

D

X

Fielding Position

Footwork

D

X

Push-off

i

X

Mental Game

Stretching

i

Baserunning

Run through 1B

X

X

Rounding 1B

X

X

Rounding other bases

i

D

X

When to run (# outs)

D

X

When to run (fly vs. grounder)

D

X

Sliding-basic (hands high)

i

D

X

Sliding -adv. (pop-up, hook)

i

D

Steals

i

D

X

Position Specific

Catching

i

D

D

1B

i

D

D

Infield

i

i

D

D

Outfield

i

i

D

D

Pitcher Fielding

i

D

Field Skills

Force outs

i

D

X

Proper base to play to

i

D

D

X

Back-ups

i

i

D

X

Double Plays

i

D

D

X

Tag-Ups

i

D

X

Cut-offs

i

D

X

Infield Fly

i

D

X

Run-Downs

i

D

X

1st and 3rd plays

i

D

D

Other Skills

Respect - Coach/Ump/Team

X

X

X

X

Encouraging Teammates

X

X

X

X

Proper Uniform

X

X

X

X

Hustling on-off field

X

X

X

X

Getting Dirty

Dealing with Adversity

X

X

X

X

Body Language on Filed

X

X

# Outs Before Each Hitter

i

D

X

Intangibles/Fun Stuff

Oiling/Breaking in Glove

Signs

Scoring

Bringing-the-ball around infield

Rally Caps

Chants

Team Ice Cream or Pizza

 

Note: Every coach is responsible for ensuring their players master the basic skills in their level, but should use their own judgement in how to do this; the League will supply reference materials and advice if requested by the coach (websites, suggested drills, etc.); the coach should also advise the league if they have players that are not mastering basic skills

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Capitol City Little League is a volunteer run organization focused on introducing and teaching baseball and softball to our children - ages 5 to 14.  Each season, more than 500 children participate in CCLL.  See boundaries for eligibility.
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Capitol City Little League
P.O. Box 5764
Washington, D.C.  20016