It is a good idea to offer a few fun baseball drills to break the monotony of baseball practices.  You’ll find the players like these. Waning interest or attention can be recaptured and the skills improve too!

Here is one baseball drill that we use to work on quicker eye-hand coordination.

Pitcher Hot Potato
Form a diamond around the pitchers mound with 4 players.  The players take turns throwing the ball from “hacky-sack style” from glove to glove.  This helps make sure they are watching the ball all the way into the glove.

Another drill that is well received is called Eights.

Eights:
Team split in 2, lining up parallel to each other, 10’ apart. Each player is paired off with another player.

When we say “GO”, each pair has to catch/throw ball 8 times(to each other) and kneel down after both have thrown 8.  They have to beat the time of 14 sec or repeat again.

Keep doing until all pairs are eliminated.  Goal:  To throw & get ball out of glove quickly

    2 replies to "Fun Baseball Drills – Hot Potato & Eights"

    • Stan

      How much time would you suggest on the “Eights” drill for 6-7 year olds? Would 20 seconds be more appropriate for that age range?

      • kenny

        I’d start with 25 seconds for 6-7 years, because they will probably drop a few throws and need time to recover. You could try reducing the time each round over several rounds, and having an elimination style tournament until only one pair is able to complete the 8 throws in allotted time.

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