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I find that the traditional wisdom on baseball drills for practice is a bit stale. Here’s an idea from Scott that cuts out the boredom.
My idea for a baseball coaching tip is really one that I have taken multiple tasks and put into one.
First thing is that I do this in my every practice warm up. I put all my boys in a circle and I stand in the middle so all I have to do is turn around to see every boy.
Now this drill is for general hand and glove coordination. I stand in the middle with 2 Balls and my own glove and proceed to turn around and throw randomly grounders, line drives, and pop flies. The boys then have to field or catch the throw and then quickly make a good accurate throw back to me.
I make this more difficult by increasing the speed of my throws and randomness. To the point of making a type of game out of it we continue the drill until every boy has successfully completed a good catch and return throw without dropping the ball or throwing wildly.
Since the start of this season when first started to use this system my boys increasingly improved their ball handling every practice.