Practice and Drills
  • Drop Step with Ball Fielding Drill

    Wed, 21 Apr 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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  • Small Ball

    Mon, 19 Apr 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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  • 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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  • Reaction Drill

    Mon, 15 Feb 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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  • 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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  • Blind Pivot Drill

    Mon, 18 Jan 2021 19:04:26 +0000

    Purpose Outfielders practice taking their eyes off the ball and switching their view to the opposite shoulder. Drill Setup Player and coach stand roughly 10-15 yards apart in an open space. How it Works Coach throws a high, deep fly ball. As outfielder runs back she takes her eyes off the ball and switches her […]

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  • Tennis Ball Catch

    Tue, 12 Jan 2021 13:41:35 +0000

    Purpose Develops quickness and agility out of the batter?s box Set Up You can run this drill in the infield, or set up a home plate and first base in the outfield the appropriate distance apart. Place an empty tee on home plate. Players line up at home plate. Coach stands 10 feet up the […]

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  • Line Drive Drill

    Tue, 05 Jan 2021 18:03:03 +0000

    Purpose Outfielders work on catching the line drive and then transferring their weight toward the target. Drill Setup Player and coach line up 5 to 10 yards apart. How it Works Coach says, “Go.” Player takes off sprinting across the outfield. Coach throws a line drive in front of the player. Player catches the ball […]

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