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Batting Drills

Drill: Soft toss home run derby
Age Group: 8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: Reward
Equipment:  ball, glove
Setup: Three players batting, the rest in the outfield.
Execution: The batter gets into position. The coach kneels off to the side facing the batter. The coach then lobs balls underhand in to the batters strike zone.  As the batter hits balls the out fielders will let the ball come to rest to measure the distance. If the ball stops short of another ball in the field it is fielded and thrown back in to the pitcher. If a ball is hit further than another it is left in place as the distance to beat. After a number of pitches the batters are cycled out and placed in the outfield as other players from the outfield come in to take their place. The ball that is hit the furthest is declared the winner.

Drill: Soft toss into net
Age Group: 8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: Individual one on one with batter
Equipment:  ball, bat, net
Setup: Batter ready to bat over a home plate.
Execution:  The batter gets into position. The coach kneels off to the side facing the batter. The coach then lobs balls underhand in to the batters strike zone.  Give each player 10-15 good tosses before they rotate out.

Drill: Soft toss into Field
Age Group: 8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: Game situation preparation
Equipment:  ball, bat,
Setup: Batter ready to bat over a home plate.
Execution:  The batter gets into position. The coach kneels off to the side facing the batter. The coach then lobs balls underhand in to the batters strike zone.   As the players get hits they are to run to first and the defense should attempt to make an out.

Drill: Batting Box Checklist
Age Group: 8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: To teach the proper batting stance elements
Equipment:  none
Setup: Have the players get in to batting position facing the coach
Execution:  Have the players spread out and recite the steps as they perform them.
• Toes (Straight ahead toward the plate)
• Spread (The width of shoulders)
• Flex (Knees and ankles)
• Back (Straight, forces butt out)
• Grip (point index fingers in the same direction)
• Bat Angle (45 degrees directly over shoulder by ear)

Drill: Hitting from Tee
Age Group: 4-6 year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: To prepare the player for game situations
Equipment:  tee, ball
Setup: Have each player line up
Execution:  To further lower the stress, there will only be coaches in the field. Have each player one at a time come up to the tee ready to bat. Give them a few opportunities to get a solid hit and then let them run to first base. As the following batters bat have the players advance to the next base.

Drill: Hitting from Tee into net
Age Group: 4-6 year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: To get batting swings in
Equipment:  tee, ball
Setup: Have three players line up and be ready to bat
Execution:  Have each player one at a time come up to the tee ready to bat. The coach will give them encouragement and continue to place balls on the tee as they are hit.

 

Throwing Drills

Drill: Long Toss
Age Group: 10+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill helps players build arm strength and accuracy
Equipment: Baseball, Glove
Setup: Players stand facing each other approximately 20-30 feet apart
Execution: The players will play catch at a certain distance for a period of time. Then both players will take a few steps back to make the distance between them greater. As the distance increases the importance on good basic throwing mechanics will grow.

Drill: Long Line Toss
Age Group: 8 – 10+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill helps players use cutoff man
Equipment: big field
Setup: Two long parallel lines of players, make it so
Execution: The ball will start at the end of the line. The players will toss/throw the ball to the next player in the line. The object is to get the ball to the other end of the line before the other line does. To add a new element see if the players can complete this task before the coach can run to the other end of the line beating the ball.
 


Drill: Around the horn
Age Group: 10+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill helps players build confidence in throwing the ball around the infield
Equipment: Diamond, ball, glove
Setup: Players at first, second, short stop, and third base positions.
Execution: The ball will start with the first baseman who will throw it to short who will throw it to second who will throw it to third who will throw it back to first. Rinse and repeat.

Drill: Wrist toss
Age Group: 4-8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill helps players throw with their wrist
Equipment:  ball, glove
Setup: Two players about 5-8 feet apart facing each other resting their throwing hand elbow on their knee.
Execution: With the players throwing arm elbow on a raised knee and with their other knee on the ground. The player will hold their throwing arm forearm straight up and lock it in to position. With the ball in their hand they will use their wrist to toss the ball to the other player.



Drill: Upper body toss
Age Group: 10+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill helps players isolate throwing mechanics
Equipment:  ball, glove
Setup: Two players about 15-18 feet apart each other kneeling with their throwing arms away from each other.  Non-throwing arm hips should be pointed at one another.
Execution: The players are to utilize proper upper body throwing motion to toss the ball back and forth. After this it is important to bring in the proper foot work that goes together with the upper body to make a strong throwing motion.
 

Running Drills

Drill: Run on Pop up Drill
Age Group: 4 – 8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill helps players understand when to run
Equipment: Baseballs, Glove
Setup: Place one player at all four bases in base running position. Then then coach will simulate a hit with another coach.
Execution: Coaches throw the ball to simulate a hit and depending on weather the hit was a pop up or a ground ball. If a pop up is simulated the coaches will tell the base runners to stay put. If the ball is hit on the ground the coaches will instruct the base runners to advance. As players cross home plate, have a player take their place and have them run to first on the next ground ball.

Drill: J Turns
Age Group: 4 – 8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill helps players understand how to round first
Equipment: Bases
Setup: All players lined up behind home plate.
Execution: Each player one at a time, simulates swinging a bat and running down to first base. As they step on first base they make a 180 turn to the right.

 

Drill: Listen to Base Coaches
Age Group: 4 – 6+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill helps players realize they need to listen to base coaches
Equipment: Bases
Setup: All players will line up behind home plate with a base coach at first base
Execution: One at a time each player will simulate swinging a bat and running down to first base. The base coach will then tell the player to hold up, which the player should do a “J” turn. Or the base coach will tell them to go to second base. In which the player will round first base and continue to second base where they will stop.

Drill: Situational Awareness
Age Group: 4 – 6+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill helps teach the importance of thinking ahead
Equipment:
Setup: All players will stand at home plate
Execution: The Coach will call out hypothetical base running situations. Since most situations will be go or no go. The players move to the side of home base that they think the answer will be. Left handed batter’s box is “go” or advance to the next base and right handed batter’s box is “no go” stay at the base they are at.

Drill: Running on anything
Age Group: 8 – 10+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill helps players realize that they run on anything with 2 outs
Equipment: Bases
Setup: All players will line up behind home plate with a base coach at first base
Execution: One at a time each player will simulate swinging a bat and running down to first base. Once at first they will wait for the next player to bat. The coach will shout out the number of outs, and if the imaginary hit was a ground ball or pop up. The base runners should react appropriately based on the situation.



Drill: Grapevine
Age Group: 8 – 10+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill helps players develop quick and agile feet
Equipment: Bases
Setup: All players will line up behind home plate
Execution: One at a time each player will run sideways facing the infield and alternate crossing one leg over the other as they round the bases. First the left leg will cross over the front of the right leg, then the right leg will slide behind the left leg until you’re in a standing position again. Then the left leg will slide behind the right leg. Then the right leg will slide in front of your left leg until you’re in a standing position again. Keep repeating this cycle around the bases.
 

grapevine

Grapevine

Fielding Drills

Drill: Soft Hands Drill
Age Group: 4 – 8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill is designed to teach the kids the proper way to catch the ball with two hands and builds confidence.
Equipment: Baseball
Setup: Have three kids stand in a triangle starting at three feet apart. Have each player get into ready perfect fielding position.
Execution: Have the first player toss the ball to another player in the triangle, then have the player toss the ball to the third player. Then the third player tosses to the first and so on.

Drill: Alligator Drill
Age Group: 4 – 8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill is designed to teach the players to catch with both hands and build confidence.
Equipment: Baseball, Glove
Setup: Have the players get into two lines, the first player in each line is to ready in the perfect fielding position.
Execution: The coach will roll the ball to the player, the player will extend their glove to the ground and allow the ball to enter their glove. The player will then trap the ball in their glove with their other hand. Once the player has completed the drill they go to the end of the line.

Drill: Glove Extension Drill
Age Group: 4 – 8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill helps ensure proper extension.
Equipment: Baseballs, Glove, Bat
Setup: Lay a bat on the ground perpendicular to a line of players. The first player in line should be 6 feet from the bat in a ready position.
Execution: The Coach stands about 10 feet away opposite the players, and rolls a ball toward the bat. The player must approach the ground ball and assume a good fielding position right behind the bat, without his feet touching or going over it. In order to prevent the ball from rolling into the bat the player must have his glove extended in front of the bat. Once the player secures the ball, he sprints forward, places it at the feet of the coach, and runs to the end of the line. The Coach keeps rolling a ball to the next player each time a ball is placed at his feet.
 


Drill: Knowing the Play
Age Group: 8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill makes players think ahead
Equipment: Baseball, Glove, Base Runners
Setup: Have defensive players in position at second base and short stop
Execution: The Coach sets up a situation with the base runners and the number of outs. The coach then starts the play by hitting the ball to one of the defensive players. The defensive player then completes the appropriate play based on the situation.

Drill: Backing up the Play
Age Group: 8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: This drill makes players think ahead
Equipment: Baseball, Glove, Base Runners
Setup: Have defensive players in position in left field, right field, third base, and first base
Execution: The ball is hit to either first or third base. The outfielders are to run in and backup the primary fielder. Additional complexity can be added by hitting ball to short or second base and having the fielder make the play to first or third while the out fielders backup the primary play.

Drill: Pop fly IDOL
Age Group: 8+ year olds
Time: 5-10 minutes
Purpose: reward
Equipment: Baseball, Glove, Pitching Machine
Setup: Have players line up 100+ feet from the pitching machine
Execution:  Each player will get the opportunity to catch a giant pop fly from the pitching machine. The players that make the catch will continue on while the players that drop the fly will sit out. The last player(s) after a number of rounds will be declared the winner(s).