Baseball Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about the sport of baseball with this lesson plan. The students will read a text lesson, take a follow-up quiz related to the material, and try three fun hands-on activities to reinforce main concepts.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson, your students will be able to:

• Describe some of the necessary skills inherent to the game of baseball
• Explain some of the drills that can be utilized to improve a player's skills
• Recap how to perform some drills and how they raise skill levels

1-1.5 Hours

Key Vocabulary

• Catch
• Catching
• Drills
• Hand-eye coordination
• Hitting
• Pepper
• Tee
• Throwing

Curriculum Standards

• Please note that each state has different standards for physical education. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.

Instructions

• Inform your students they will be learning about the sport of baseball.
• Ask if anyone plays baseball or likes to watch it.
• Review the vocabulary terms.
• Read the introduction of the text lesson Baseball Skills and Drills and the first section 'Drills to Improve the Skills of Baseball.'
• What is commonly said about hitting a baseball?
• Exactly how far away is the pitcher from the batter?
• How much total time does the batter have to hit the ball?
• Roughly how many times out of ten do the best players get a hit?
• What type of coordination is crucial to playing baseball?
• Now read the section 'Pepper.'
• How many people are necessary to play the game of pepper?
• How is the game played?
• Next read the section 'Hitting off a Tee.'
• What is the ideal height to adjust the tee.
• Which half of the ball should you hit? Why?
• Why hit the ball into a net?
• Why raise and lower the tee?
• Now read the section 'Playing Catch.'
• What two skills does playing catch help to improve?
• What equipment is required to play catch?
• Which shoulder do you point at the other person? Why?
• With which leg do you step forward?
• Where do you aim when throwing the ball?
• What is the most important aspect of catching the ball?
• Lastly, read the section 'Lesson Summary.'
• Review the complete text lesson and answer any relevant student questions.
• Have the students attempt the lesson quiz to demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge.

Activity One

• Inform your students they will be drawing their very own baseball fields.
• Pass out colored markers as well as one large sheet of poster board per student.
• You can turn your poster board to a horizontal or a vertical position.
• Draw the baseball field (the infield is also known as a diamond) and add players if you wish.
• If you want, you can draw the baseball field at your own school.
• You can use the Internet to find any photos of baseball fields.
• You can also label any of the players or parts of the baseball field such as the baselines or the dugouts.
• Does your field have outfield walls and walls around the rest of the field? Are there grandstands?
• Is there a mascot on your field?
• If you wish, you can even draw one of your favorite ballparks.
• Finally, share your drawings with the entire class.

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