I want them to be in competition with themselves to be perfect. That's the only way we're going to field at a really high clip and win games.
Some elements that I like to include every single day that I don't think coaches do enough of
1. Stretching and catching regardless of position
2. Stretching and picking regardless of position
3. Catching infield fly balls (GB to FB ratio is 4 to 1 in MLB)
4. Picking and tagging.
5. Redirecting the baseball
I partner the old with the young. Its always an old guy and a young guy. I want to empower my older guys to provide input. Catch play, picks, footwork. Always an old guy with a young guy. I think that builds leadership, but I also think it builds ownership.
On purpose, every single week, I pick a part of practice to watch from the dugout. If ive done my job and we've truly built a unit, the show is going to go on without me.
If you're not willing to have a dialogue with your players about why you're doing something, then you need to take a long look in the mirror to make sure that what you're doing is not just something that your comfortable with and that its the best way to do it.