Coming up with new ideas for [tag]free baseball hitting drills[/tag] can sometimes be a challenge. Here’s a [tag]baseball[/tag] [tag]drill[/tag] that Craig sent in and it has worked well for me.
I coach a 14U travel team and a junior high [tag]fastpitch[/tag] team in N.Florida. “Small ball” through bunting and slaps have been an effective way of getting runners into scoring position.
1. Set up a dozen small orange cones between the 1st base and 3rd base lines in front of home plate, placing more closer to the chalk lines.
2. A [tag]coach[/tag] standing 20 feet from home plate soft tosses to a [tag]batter[/tag]. For every cone the ball hits, they receive a point. Have the next player to bat take away the cone that was hit to make the drill more challenging and to force the batter to work both base lines. Pitch about 12-15 balls for each player.
3. If the bunted ball rolls past the coach, a point can be taken away or they receive one less [tag]pitch[/tag]. This helps the batter to understand to “catch” the ball with the bat and not to push the bat towards the pitch.
4. Progressions include a [tag]pitching machine[/tag] and then live pitching.