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Remember, a coach’s greatest indicator of success is instilling a love of the game in their players that results in them returning to play the following year. At the core of this decision is the ability to have fun and “Just Play!”
|AGES||% OF TIME YOU SHOULD “JUST PLAY!”|
|4-6 Years Old||90|
|7-9 Years Old||70|
|10-12 Years Old||30|
THREE KEYS TO CATCHING
- Fingers to the sky and thumb parallel to the ground.
- Target at catcher’s knee height, low.
- For primary stance: Feet just outside of hip width and full foot on the ground with toes pointed up the first and third baselines, slight weight shift forward onto balls of feet while keeping heels on ground (some kids tend to sit on their toes = no balance and weak base).
Barehand (Two Ball) Drill
Wall Ball Drill
Live Defense Drill
Eight players take the field with coach on the mound. Remaining players bat with coach throwing BP. This is played as a real game but with coach throwing.
OPTION 1) A second coach tracks fastest time to 1B. OPTION 2) With 12 players, rotate 3 teams of 4 and count runs like a normal game.
Mini Bases Drill
Set up a mini field with bases about 30 feet apart. Have players work on running through 1B, turns from home to 2B. Turns from 2B to home plate. Tagging from 3rd.
Once players get through a couple times. Have them run all the way around the bases and time it. Fastest time wins.
Tee Work Drills
Soft Toss Audible Decisions Drills
Thrower delivers announcing, “Yes!” If it’s a strike, player swings.
Pitch 10 strikes that should be swung at (so approximately 20 pitches included non-swinging pitches). Pitcher decides if it’s a legit hit. Keep track of hits and compare against your previous day’s attempt.
Approaching a Ground Ball Drills
The Approach (Four Step) Drill
Bad Hops Drill
Have players take turns and count how many they can get in a row.
Daily Glovework Progression Drills
Standing with Footwork
Challenge yourself to get 10 catches without an error.
Weaving Through the Cones Drills
Falling Leaf Drill
Left to Forehand Spin
THREE KEYS TO THROWING
Teach Lateral Movement First
- • Shuffle
- • Cross Behind
- • Cross in Front
Tight Rope Race
1) Balance Point
BALANCE DRILLS: Balance, Hip Hinge, Repeated Separation
4 KEYS TO PITCHING
Most important part of pitching. Good balance promotes consistency and arm health.
- • Shoulders still at leg lift
- • Upright posture
- • Knee at hip height
- • Maintain throughout delivery
Pitching Mechanics (Individual Drills)
If a mirror or video is available, use it to help show the athlete how they are moving. We learn through visuals.