I received these suggestions on [tag]free youth baseball drills[/tag] from Matt and from Shone.   Keep em coming!Free Youth Baseball Drills

From Matt”¦
Here is a [tag]baseball[/tag] [tag]drill[/tag] that I do with my team that has increased the percentage of making contact with the baseball.   I know you have probably heard of this, but it has really worked wonders for my team.

Take the normal [tag]soft toss[/tag] with wiffle balls, but instead of using a baseball [tag]bat[/tag], use a broomstick or something even smaller that is as sturdy.   This allows the [tag]hitter[/tag] to focus on the ball and hit the middle of the ball.   Then I take the same stick and ball and soft toss two balls and make them hit the one that I call out.   This allows them to concentrate on the task at hand.   Focus on the ball.

I have even done this with my son that is in [tag]T-Ball[/tag].   He [tag]hit[/tag]s the ball farther than he ever has.

From Shone”¦

To get our t-ballers [tag]fielding[/tag] ground balls, I start them off with no glove.   I have them “tickle the grass” with their fingertips so they get the notion that their hands need to be low in order to scoop up the ball.   Once they get “tickle the grass,” I can toss them some tennis balls.   They generally get the idea fast, especially when you have a name or phrase that’s unique.

Then, it’s gloves on, and they move on to fielding balls on even terrain (concrete or dirt infield).