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These ideas on baseball tip drills come courtesy of Jennifer and Tom. Try them and watch the improvements!
One baseball drill we work on for throwing is I put X’s with colored tape on the fence for each player. I set a ball down about 15 feet away. They have to take a running start, pick the ball up, throw it at the X, with the goal being to hit the X.
We usually make a game out of it and the first one to 10 wins a piece of bubblegum. This works on accurate throwing and continuous fielding. I have some young players who will field the ball great but by the time they get set and throw the ball the runner has made it to the bag.
Tip: For my 8U team we turn many drills into games and use bubblegum as a reward. It is cheap and my players will stay focused for 1 1/2 hours of practice.
Here’s the way I like to end my practices (my team is made up of 10 year olds).
It’s called “Iron Man”.
Divide the team into two lines – one at SS one at 2nd base. I hit hard grounders to SS and then to 2nd base. Each must field the ball cleanly and make a clean throw to first base. If they do, they go to the end of the line and get another turn.. If they don’t field the ball cleanly or make a bad throw, they are out.
The last man standing is “The Iron Man”.