Practice and Drills
  • Grounder Goalie

    Fri, 15 Nov 2019 04:20:23 +0000

    Purpose To help players learn to stop a ground ball and keep the ball in front of them. Set Up Create a ?goal? with two cones spaced out about 10 feet apart (can increase of decrease size of goal based on player ability). One player serves as ?goalie? and stands between the cones with a […]

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  • 4-Point Game

    Mon, 04 Nov 2019 22:06:38 +0000

    Purpose Works on reaching base and advancing runners in a fun, game-like environment Set Up Split your players into three even teams of roughly 4-5 players each. Each team should have a designated pitcher. Two teams fill out the defensive positions while the third team is on offense. Instructions The first offensive player steps to […]

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  • Backhand Drill

    Fri, 01 Nov 2019 12:39:17 +0000

    Purpose To practice fielding the ball with a backhanded catch. (Note: a backhand catch is when a player has to cross their body with the glove hand in order to catch the ball. This is a critical defensive skill all infielders must master). Set Up Divide your players up into single file lines based on […]

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  • High Low Toss Drill

    Wed, 23 Oct 2019 13:41:23 +0000

    Purpose Improves vision, bat speed and timing Set Up For younger teams, assign a coach or parent helper to each player, who will act as the tosser. Older players can partner up and toss to each other. The tosser kneels at a 45 degree angle from the hitter 8-10 feet away, holding two balls stacked […]

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  • Reaction Drill

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 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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  • Three Line Sliding

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:40:23 +0000

    Purpose Teaches players how to slide with proper technique, both back to the base and advancing to the next base Set Up You can do this drill in the infield or set up four bases in any grassy area. Instructions The first player at each base starts with a foot on the bag. Coach calls […]

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  • Tee Derby

    Tue, 01 Oct 2019 14:51:32 +0000

    Purpose Helps kids understand the importance of the weight shift when generating power. Set Up Set up the tee at home plate or any open space in the outfield. One player is at bat. The others will help shag balls. Using cones, mark out a series of distance markers on the field, similar to a […]

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  • Four Square

    Tue, 01 Oct 2019 14:33:29 +0000

    Purpose To practice fielding ground balls in a fun, competitive way. Set Up Divide team into groups of four. Make a square shape with each foursome. One player should be at each corner of the square with about 50 feet separating each player. One player in each foursome should have a ball. No gloves are […]

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  • Short Hop Showdown

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:39:07 +0000

    Purpose To practice proper fielding technique for short hops. Set Up Divide team into pairs, players line up across from each other forming two lines about 15 ft apart. Everyone kneels on two knees. For safety, each player should be about 5 feet from player next to them. All players have gloves, one player in […]

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  • Line Drive Contest

    Tue, 10 Sep 2019 18:45:04 +0000

    Purpose Helps train players to swing with a line drive swing path.  Adds some fun and intensity to your practices. Set Up Divide your players up into three teams.  One team is at-bat.  The other two are shagging balls. Using cones or chalk, mark the outfield with two curved lines from foul line to foul […]

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