Pregame Infield Practice

Posted on July 16, 2013

Purpose: Primarily for throwing, but will also impress the opposition if done right. Suggested to use your regulars and one extra with two catchers. The fungo hitter hits from behind the mound area on all outfield throwing. LF- (hit two) Base hit down just inside foul line where it can be fielded well short of the fence. Throw goes directly to 2B, no cut-off is lined up. 2B tags and throws to third and back of hitter. Hit two ...

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Relay Shuttle Drill

Posted on July 16, 2013

I call this the relay shuttle drill. It's great for a number of skill learning activities and can be adjusted for a variety of skill levels. Get 3-4 players 45-50 feet apart in a line with one baseball to start with.  One of the players on one end throws the ball to the next player in line concentrating on the other player's glove hand/shoulder.  The receiving player turns into his glove hand and throws the ball to the next ...

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County Fair Drill

Posted on July 16, 2013

Here is a fun drill we call "County Fair." Our team of 12-year olds love it, and it gives them exposure to nearly every aspect of baseball defense. The drill starts with 6 players: Catcher Third Base Shortstop Second Base First Base Center FieldThe 5-6 remaining players feed into the center field position from left field. We usually station a coach in left field to keep the non-participants busy working on ground ball technique ...

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Team Oriented Practice Drills

Posted on July 16, 2013

"50" This is an infield drill. Players at their spots, one coach fungoes, another times how fast the fungoed ball reaches first base. Players must make 50 straight plays in less than 4.5 seconds each. Any mistake returns count to zero. You can make the time whatever you want. It represents the average runner's time to first base. You also can decide the number of successful plays needed. It doesn't have to be "50."  Perfect innings ...

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Too many times we as coaches think we have to hit fly balls with a bat to our outfielders for every practice. Some problems arise when we consistently attempt this feat: an inability to hit a good fly ball, fly balls that don't challenge our players, and a lot of "standing around" waiting for a fly ball to be hit. Eventually we (coaches) have to hit fly balls to our players in order for them to practice reading the ball off the bat, but the ...

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300 Reps Indoor Hitting Drill

Posted on July 16, 2013

We as a staff here at East Stroudsburg North High School in Northeastern Pennsylvania battle the weather and the elements during our early part of the season and much of the remainder of the season. The month of March is very difficult because we are indoors (this year up until our first two games), and then periodically throughout the season. We try various drills to keep the players' tempo up and their attitudes positive during indoor ...

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As baseball coaches, how many times have we seen a game's momentum changed by a double play ending a scoring threat? On the other hand, how exciting is it to witness our team's execution of getting two outs off a single ground ball? The double play is an excellent way to either break up or enhance the tempo of the game. At Omaha Central High School, we have constructed a drill to isolate different positions and put infielders in game-like ...

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High 5 Drill

Posted on July 16, 2013

This is a drill developed by Tom House that works well with the ThrowMax. High 5 Drill 1.  Have your player put the balls of his feet on a line with his feet spread shoulder wide. For orientation we are going to pretend this is the first base line. If the player is right handed, have his right hand toward first base and his left hand toward home. Shoulders should be aligned with the base line. 2.  You (the parent or helper) stand on ...

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Bucket Drill

Posted on July 16, 2013

This is a fun, productive drill, especially for younger kids, though older kids can gain benefit from it too. It focuses on the importance of getting rid of the ball in a hurry.Split your squad into two teams. Line the first team up, one behind another, at the shortstop position. Take the second squad and place them behind first base. Next, place a five gallon bucket upside down on first base (a garbage can also ...

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Dirt! Baserunning Drill

Posted on July 16, 2013

A big part of successful baserunning involves properly reading balls in the dirt. This drill will help your players learn to properly judge the trajectory of a pitched ball that bounces in the dirt. Station a baserunner at each base - first, second, and third. Runners should be independent of one another, since the responsibilities for each base differ slightly. Have a coach on the mound, pitching a variety of pitches - mix in balls and ...

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