Coach and Player Training
Presented here is a collection of video links to help get your team up and going for the baseball season. Majority of the links are 2 minutes or less and are meant to provide some quick ideas for effective drills to run during practice.
- Take advantage of your volunteers (parents and assistant coaches) and run several drills in parallel with smaller groups.
- Limit each drill to 5 - 10 minutes as needed.
- Start practice with some base running drills. This not only gets the kids loose, but makes them better base runners. Practice running through first and running around the bases. Teach good fundamentals like touching the inside corner of the bases and rounding the corners.
- Make the throwing warm-up repeatable and structured (see throwing drills below). Incorporate fun competitions into practice drills. Who can catch the most fly balls, most completed throws to 1st base, etc.
- Find a fun rewarding way to end practice each time. Consider breaking the team into two teams and running a 20 min coach pitch scrimmage. Mix it up instead of coach pitch hitting team gets one swing at a ball on the tee or soft toss from the side.
- Use tennis balls for players that are not comfortable catching the ball. It is much easier to teach proper technique when the kids are not afraid to get hit by a ball.