One of the greatest things about baseball is that if your child learns and can perform fundamentals at an early age; he or she will be able to play the game all the way through high school. It is because of this, parents and coaches are always advised to stay dedicated to a number of drills and always go back to the basics every year. If you are a coach, here are little league baseball drills every player should know.
- Catching Fly Ball
For most young players, this can be one of the most difficult drills because judging a fly ball is a skill left for only the experienced players. Young players are afraid of failure or getting hit in the face with the ball. Therefore, as a coach, it will make a lot of sense if you start with tennis balls and make sure there is no glove for the drill. Using a tennis balls is not actually the first goal for teaching this drill, but we want to build confidence first.
- Pitching and Bunting drill
For this drill, you will need 7 players (6 infielders and 1 batter) and one coach. First, start the all whole drill by having a pitcher throw a pitch and the batter tries to bunt it. If batter bunts with success, then batter runs and defense tries to make a play. After a few successful bunts, rotate your players.
From this drill, your pitcher will learn to field the position in a bunt situation, and infield learns to defend against the bunt and lastly the batter gets a few bunting skills. Amazing isn’t it?
- Fielding on their knees
When your player gets on his knees, a number of things happen that teach the right way to field a ground ball. First, it forces the hands out front and second when the hands are out front, the player will be able to see the ball enter the glove. One of the most common mistakes young players always make is fielding the ball too deep between their feet and missing it. The best t-ball practice drill should be field with hands out front.
- Ready Position
Technically, every player on defense should be moving before the ball is hit. The outfielders and infielders who get into an athletic kind of stance with their feet hitting the ground when the baseball is hit learn how to get a jump on the ball. This skill must be taught to every young baseball player.
One of the best and probably the easiest ways to teach this drill is to have all the players in the field during batting and fielding practice. You could also do it with the coach raising his knee, forcing the fielder to jump, then the coach either rolls, throws or flips the baseball in the air to the player.
At the end, they say practice makes one perfect, and the old saying holds some truth when it comes to improving as a baseball player. The mentioned drills are favorites amongst young players, and if they are executed well, they teach essentials skills in a fresh and fun way.