We use these fun [tag]youth baseball drills[/tag] at the end of practices. My boys look forward to these at the end of [tag]baseball practice[/tag].
I call the first [tag]baseball drill[/tag] the “egg drill”. I will toss raw eggs underhand to my infielders 10-15 feet away. They must catch it using soft hands and “sweeping” it towards their body, like an infielder would corral a ball to his midsection before throwing it.
Teaches soft hands quicker than any other drill Ive used!
For the next drill, the boys form 2 lines.
A [tag]baseball[/tag] is placed at the foot of each line. Two more baseballs are placed approximately 40′ away from them. (This is all on grass). The boys are then given instructions on the drill:
Pickup baseball with left hand, run karioke to the second ball, pop-up slide, drop first ball, pickup second ball with right hand, full sprint back, full slide, hand ball to teammate. You can mix up the variations to make it interesting and to see who is paying attention and how they are sliding. As each boy completes his turn, he kneels until everyone has had their turn.
My boys look forward to these at the end of baseball practice. It gets their competitive juices flowing and they all root their teammates on.