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Developmental goals by age level

PWGFS 8 & Under learning guidelines

  1. Basic Equipment – Each player should have a general knowledge of the equipment they use and a firm understanding of using it correctly and safely.

  2. Understanding of the Playing Field Layout – Players should be able to indentify 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, home plate, batter’s boxes, pitcher’s circle, infield, outfield, fair territory and foul territory.

  3. General Understanding of the Defensive Positions – Players should know the general location of each defensive position.

  4. General Understanding of the Concept of the Game

Offensive Skills

  1. Correct Way of Gripping a Bat

  2. Batter’s Stance

  3. Correct Swing of the Bat

  4. Knowing and Understanding the Strike Zone

  5. Correct Base Running and Utilizing Base Coaches

  6. Leading Off

  7. Concepts of Base Running (Force Situations, Fly Balls and Tagging Up)

Defensive Skills

  1. Correct Throwing Skills

  2. Correct Catching Skills

  3. Proper “Ready” Defensive Positions (Infielders / Outfielders)

  4. Fundamentals of Fielding (Grounders and Pop-Ups)

  5. Properly Covering Bases

Coaches should rotate all players to ensure each player has an opportunity to experience every position.

PWGFS 10 & Under learning guidelines

  1. Basic Equipment – Each player should have a general knowledge of the equipment they use and a firm understanding of using it correctly and safely.

  2. Understanding of the Playing Field Layout – Players should be able to indentify 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, home plate, batter’s boxes, pitcher’s circle, infield, outfield, fair territory and foul territory.

  3. General Understanding of the Defensive Positions – Players should know the general location of each defensive position.

  4. General Understanding of the Concept of the Game

Offensive Skills

  1. Correct Way of Gripping a Bat

  2. Batter’s Stance

  3. Correct Swing of the Bat

  4. Knowing and Understanding the Strike Zone

  5. Bunting

  6. Correct Base Running and Utilizing Base Coaches

  7. Leading Off

  8. Stealing

  9. Sliding

  10. Concepts of Base Running (Force Situations, Fly Balls and Tagging Up)

Defensive Skills

  1. Correct Throwing Skills

  2. Correct Catching Skills

  3. Proper “Ready” Defensive Positions (Infielders / Outfielders)

  4. Fundamentals of Fielding (Grounders and Pop-Ups)

  5. Recognizing and Covering a Bunt

  6. Properly Covering Bases / Force Plays / Tag Out Plays / Throw Downs

Coaches should rotate players to ensure they experience multiple positions throughout the season. This should be done at the coach’s discretion, keeping in mind safety and confidence of the players. 

EXAMPLES:

  1. If a player is struggling with catching skills, continue to work with her to improve them but, avoid putting her behind the plate or at first where she would constantly be on the spot. 2nd base, 3rd base, and the outfield would work well. 

  2. If a player is catching well but, having a rough time throwing, she could be alternated at first, second and also the outfield.

In both examples, the players get to experience both infield and outfield positions without killing their confidence or discouraging the other players on the team. By continuing to work with the players, you will be promoting their improvement while building their confidence. You can always make adjustments to where they play as they improve.    

PWGFS 12 & Under learning guidelines

  1. Basic Equipment – Each player should have a general knowledge of the equipment they use and a firm understanding of using it correctly and safely.

  2. Understanding of the Playing Field Layout – Players should be able to indentify 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, home plate, batter’s boxes, pitcher’s circle, infield, outfield, fair territory and foul territory.

  3. General Understanding of the Defensive Positions – Players should know the general location of each defensive position.

  4. General Understanding of the Concept of the Game

Offensive Skills

  1. Correct Way of Gripping a Bat

  2. Batter’s Stance and Adjusting in the Batter’s Box to the Pitching

  3. Correct Swing of the Bat

  4. Knowing and Understanding the Strike Zone

  5. Directional Bunting

  6. Running on Dropped Third Strikes

  7. Correct Base Running and Utilizing Base Coaches

  8. Leading Off

  9. Stealing

  10. Delayed Stealing

  11. Sliding

  12. Diving Back Into Bases

  13. Concepts of Base Running (Force Situations, Fly Balls and Tagging Up)

Defensive Skills

  1. Correct Throwing, Under-Handed Flip Skills and Off-Balance Throws

  2. Correct Catching Skills and on the Run Catching

  3. Proper “Ready” Defensive Positions (Infielders / Outfielders)

  4. Fundamentals of Fielding, Back-Hand Plays, Tracking Fly Balls 

  5. Recognizing and Covering Bunts and Slap Hitters

  6. Properly Covering Bases / Force Plays / Tag Out Plays / Pickles / Throw Downs

By 12U, most players are beginning to key in on set positions and finding their identities as either infielders or outfielders. Coaches should work towards allowing them to hone specific skills based on their positions but, there will still be opportunities for moving some players around if needed. At this level, outfielders will play a more important role on defense than the younger groups.

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