Coming up with new ideas for [tag]fun drills for catching a baseball[/tag] can sometimes be a challenge. Here are a couple of [tag]baseball coaching tips[/tag] that two of my subscribers sent in. Give these a try.
A [tag]baseball drill[/tag] to work on bare handing the ball.
Have players sit in a semi-circle in front of the [tag]baseball[/tag] coach.
Roll ball to each player, who must surround the ball with both hands, then throw back to the coach, who continues with the next player. As the players gain more confidence, the coach can move back, the players move to their knees and the ball can be hit to them.
Eventually, the players are standing, have their gloves and are running up on the ball to continue to bare hand it and make the throw to the target.
This drill works particularly well with kids who sometimes shy away from the ball.
One of the [tag]baseball drills[/tag] I like this year is a drill that one of my coach’s brought back from spring training is a bucket drill.
Set out a ball bucket. Then line your players up 10 or so feet behind the bucket. A coach on the other side about 30 to 40′ away and throw grounders hopping the ball in front of the bucket.
Kids will then react to the ball and field it in front of the bucket counting the hops. What I really liked is the concentration they started to pick up when they were counting the hops.