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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

Length

1-1.5 Hours

Materials

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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