The following kids baseball drills will help your players improve their bat speed, bat quickness, perception, power, and the sequence of their swing. They will also improve your players’ game performance by practicing the techniques and skills that are a part of each drill. All great hitters have three things in common: good consistent practice habits, a sound swing sequence, and excellent perceptive skills developed in practice.
The following drills are used to develop a rhythmic, sequential swing. That is, the swing begins with the lower body. And upon front foot contact, the back heel aggressively comes off the ground, the hips begin to rotate first, followed by the trunk, shoulders, and finally that power is delivered to the bat. The bat is the last part of the swing sequence. By doing these drills daily, your players will be able to develop a rhythmic, sequential swing.
A maximum of 10 repetitions per set should be performed. Too many repetitions per set leads to hitter fatigue. The hitter also has trouble concentrating mentally and his swing does not have the same rhythm and timing or proper sequence. Coaches should monitor the number of repetitions closely. A player could average as many as 75-100 swings per practice session depending upon the individual’s strength and mental capabilities.
Dry Swing Drill
The dry drill develops dynamic balance and proper body sequence of the swing. By dynamic balance, we mean chin staying over the top of the belly button and working from ball of foot to ball of foot.
The proper sequence of the swing is when the front foot makes contact, the back heel aggressively comes off the ground and the hips begin to rotate. The hips must rotate before the shoulders. They are training to keep their front shoulders closed so that they get the feel of the lower half of the body beginning to rotate first.
The dry swing drill helps the player to begin to get the feel of his upper body following his lower body in rotation. So the player begins his normal stride, his front foot makes contact, the back heel comes up, the back hip starts to move, and that rotational movement carries over into the trunk up through the shoulders into the arms and into the hands.
It’s very important that the hitter take his time and make sure his swing is in the proper sequence. The dry sequence drill can be done as an individual or it can be done in a team configuration. It is recommended that each individual do 25 repetitions.
Sequence Tee Drill
This kids baseball drill is for the player to work on his swing using the proper sequence in hitting a ball off of a tee. It’s very difficult for a hitter to get the proper sequence on a swing when he’s trying to hit a moving ball if he is just beginning to learn the actual sequence of a swing. It’s important to adjust the tee for the hitter so that he is going to have success.
See the tee up so that it is on the edge of the plate which, on a pitch down the middle, is the area on the plate where he would like to hit the ball. The hitter really needs to concentrate on taking his time and making sure that his swing is in sequence.
By that, we mean that upon front foot contact, his back heel comes up off the ground, his knee and hip begin to rotate first, which then rotation begins at the trunk, leads to the shoulders, down the upper arm and into the bat.
In a team setting, we would like to see a player have 25 repetitions in a practice but only take 10 swings at a time. More than 10 swings at one time tends to tire the hitter out and the mechanics begin to suffer.
Reverse Sequence Drill
This drill starts with a hitter in the contact position and has him reverse his swing and develop a rhythmic movement. Again, this hitter is working in sequence and he’s trying to develop a nice, smooth, rhythmic swing.
In a team setting, each individual is going to do 25 repetitions in the period of a practice time, with a maximum of 10 at one particular time.
These three kids baseball drills are sure to help your players become better hitters. Which of these three drills are you most excited about trying out with your players?