Youth Baseball Practice Plans – Station-to-station Drill

While coaching 9 & 10 year old little league [tag]baseball[/tag], many of my 11-players had not had much prior hitting instruction.  To get a “bang for the buck” with our limited 1 1/2 hour practice sessions, we used a 4-station approach for our [tag]youth baseball practice plans[/tag] to keep them active and get a lot of repetition.

It does require 3-4 adults (we used 2 [tag]baseball coach[/tag]es and 1 or 2 parent volunteers), and often in our case, 2 hitting “nets”.
Each station runs for 5 minutes.
As players come in at different times to start practice, they are matched up with a “buddy” or two for stretching and throwing.  1st group to finish stretching/throwing goes to 1st hitting station, and so on.

Station 1: 2 or 3 players with a coach.  Simply work on basic hitting mechanics such as stance, bat position, and 3-step “pop-torque-swing” for lead leg stride (or replace), rotation, and swing with a balanced follow-through.  After 5 minutes group 1 goes to station 2 (2nd group comes in ; coach stays to get consistent instruction to all players) and 2nd group comes in.

Station 2: hitting from the tee.  Each player takes 5 swings from the tee hitting into net.  We have parent volunteer observing the player’s hitting techniques which they’ve observed at station 1.  Players rotate after 5 swings.  After 5 minutes group 1 goes to station 3 and is replaced by group 2.

Station 3: soft toss hitting.  Each player takes 5 swings into net.  We have a parent volunteer toss (angled from side & behind) with mix of tosses (inside toss = pull ; middle toss = up the middle ; outside toss = opposite field).  Players rotate after 5 swings.  After 5 minutes, to to station 4.

Station 4: coach pitch.  Each player takes 5 swings from home plate at normal pitching distance.  We have 2nd baseball coach pitch and observe the swing for any needed instruction learned at station 1 and developed through stations 2 and 3.  Players rotate after 5 swings.  (we have the 1st group players that have already hit “retrieve” their balls).

As the early groups complete, we’ll have the coach from station 1 get them ready for [tag]baseball fielding drills[/tag] while the later groups complete station 4 (or we’ll have them do live fielding with station 4).  We try to rotate our small groups from practice-to-practice as to who goes into station 1 first.

This keeps all players active for a 20 minute session with a good number of swings from the tee, from soft toss, and from live pitching.


  • DeeDee

    Reply Reply May 18, 2013

    Very helpful – thank you!

  • Rob

    Reply Reply March 19, 2012

    enjoyed information

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