Practice and Drills
  • Drop Step with Ball Fielding Drill

    Fri, 08 Oct 2021 15:26:10 +0000

    Purpose This drill covers the proper mechanics for drop stepping with the ball when fielding. Set Up Outfielder lines up in front of coach. Instructions Coach says ?Ready Position.? Player stands with feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent, rock side to side, elbows are bent, glove is up, eyes looking in at the imaginary batter. Coach […]

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  • Reaction Drill

    Wed, 15 Sep 2021 22:50:34 +0000

    Purpose To improve a player reaction time when fielding. Set Up Make a square with 4 cones spread about 15 feet apart from each other. Coach stands in the middle with 4 tennis balls. Fielders line up to first cone with gloves on. Instructions First fielder in line takes their place at cone #1 facing […]

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  • Half Swing with Weighted Ball

    Wed, 25 Aug 2021 16:56:33 +0000

    Purpose Pitchers develop forearm and wrist strength. They also improve timing of lower body and upper body. Drill Setup Pitchers stand about halfway from normal pitching distance (15-20 feet) holding a weighted ball. Catcher is standing up. How it Works Pitcher makes a half-swing, bringing the pitching arm to 11 o’clock (without the full windup). […]

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  • Small Ball

    Tue, 13 Jul 2021 16:04:34 +0000

    Purpose A game-like drill that teaches your players to advance runners and put pressure on the defense. Fielders get opportunities for game situation rep. Set Up Put a full defensive lineup into the field, including a pitcher. Coaches or parent-helpers will act as base coaches. The remaining players are ready to bat. Instructions Place runners […]

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  • Ground Ball Series

    Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:45:38 +0000

    Purpose Works on fielding and fielding mechanics. Set Up You can put players at their regular positions or you can use two lines. One line would be for corner fielders and pitchers, the other line for the middle fielders. Drill uses a smaller 11-inch softball. Players wear a smaller training glove (10-1/4 to 10-3/4 inches). […]

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  • Muscle Drill

    Wed, 05 May 2021 16:41:19 +0000

    Purpose Helps pitcher develop a strong wrist snap. Drill Setup Pitcher stands with a ball and glove. How it Works Pitcher starts with arm up in the air forming a 90 degree angle, like she is flexing her biceps muscle. Wrist is cocked so ball is pointed toward the sky. She then drops her arm […]

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  • Critique The Pitch Drill

    Mon, 05 Apr 2021 15:32:19 +0000

    Purpose Helps pitcher correct flaws in delivery. Drill Setup Pitcher stands on the rubber. Catcher is behind home plate. (35-40 feet away) How it Works Pitcher goes through normal motion and throws the ball to the catcher. Coach critiques the motion and offers tips to correct any problems. Complete 2 sets of 10-15 pitches. Coaching […]

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  • Forehand with Long Throw Drill

    Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:24:13 +0000

    Purpose Teaches players the importance of visualization when it comes to hitting. Set Up Player lines up in ready position at short stop or third base Instructions Coach rolls the ball to the player?s side so that she must use her forehand to field the ball. She catches the ball and makes the long throw […]

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  • Towel Bat Drill

    Fri, 26 Feb 2021 00:17:42 +0000

    Purpose Increase bat speed through underloaded training. This also makes a great warm-up drill. Set Up Take an old or cracked bat. Saw it off just above the trademark and attach a hand towel to the end with a corkscrew. Instructions Take warm-up swings with the towel bat. Try to snap the towel through the […]

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  • Glove Tuck Drill

    Thu, 04 Feb 2021 17:18:15 +0000

    Purpose This drill breaks down the proper mechanics of the glove tuck portion of the throw. Set Up Players line up facing coach. Instructions Players go into ?T? position with arms straight out to the sides ? glove pointing toward the target, ball hand straight back, knuckles up toward the sky. In throwing motion, players […]

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