It's understandable that teams can start to feel tight during the playoffs, with an entire season on the line. Sometimes, coaches will step in and introduce new techniques to try and get their team to settle down and regain its composure, or to just loosen up and have fun.
Few of those loosey goosey techniques have been stranger than the one you see below, where Granada Hills (Calif.) Kennedy High's baseball team decided to go through its infield practice without an essential piece of equipment: A ball.
That's right, a California City Section playoff squad decided that its quarterfinal game was the time to try an experimental technique for fielding practice. If the goal was getting the Kennedy infielders to loosen up, it certainly accomplished that.
The issue, as raised by the Los Angeles Times, is whether it worked too well; the Golden Cougars committed four errors in a season-ending, 5-3 loss to San Fernando (Calif.) High.
That being said, Kennedy still left those who saw its quarterfinal game with a pretty indelible memory, even if it happened before the first pitch of the game.