Mark and Gary sent these [tag]baseball[/tag] [tag]drills[/tag] to me last week. Both are great examples of [tag]youth baseball coaching[/tag] ideas that work well with the younger teams. Give them a try.
Let me share one of my favorite drills especially with younger players.
I put a [tag]coach[/tag] at SS and 1B and line up all the players at home. I hit the ball to SS and they HUSSLE to 1B.
Here is the drill, If he looks at the ball everyone runs the bases.
If he doesn’t run through the base every one runs the bases. Both and everyone runs twice around the bases.
This drill demonstrates individual mistakes let the whole [tag]team[/tag] down, and of course hussle.
There is nothing I admire more than a player who when your down big, will beat out an infield single.
While playing [tag]catch[/tag] with my 10 year old the other day I came across a new [tag]drill[/tag] and it seems to work really well.
I see that a lot of the new kids playing that are 9 and 10 year olds have a little trouble getting the ball out of the glove in a hurry and still able to make a good throw.
I call it the hot potato. After I throw the ball to my son I yell “hot potato” and he gets the ball out of his glove fast, gets a good grip and makes a great [tag]throw[/tag]. It teaches them to learn how to get the ball out and still set up for a good throw.
After doing this for a bit my son was able to catch the ball get the ball out of the glove and make a good throw to first and do it fast. It works for me and I will be using it this year with my team.