During the first practice, concentrate on fundamental drills to get your team ready for the season. Break the children into four or five groups and concentrate on handling ground balls, catching fly balls, and hitting fundamentals. The aim is to get them acclimated to playing baseball during the season.
By age 7 or 8, young baseball players have a bit more coordination, and coaches can start to go beyond the basics of how to catch, throw, field, hit and run the bases. Game-like situations help young players think on their feet, and to communicate and collaborate with each other. Baseball is a team sport, after all.
As a general rule, with kids between the ages of four and six you should keep your practices to about an hour. When you jump up to seven, eight and nine year olds, you can tack on another 15-30 minutes.
Examples of activities include, Skill Station Rotation, Cuts-Relays, Fly Ball Communication, Rundowns, Positional Responsibility Drills, Base Running, Mass Ground Balls and Fly Balls, etc.
Here are the top ten little league baseball drills to take your child’s team to the top.- Decision Making: Relay Throws.
Throwing Mechanics: Unzip and Release Drill.
Catching: Pop Fly Drills.
Grounders: The Bucket Drill.
Infield: Workup Drill for Defense.
Outfield: Drop Step Drill.
Hitting: Double Tee Drill.
Here are the top 8 baseball exercises you can do to increase your hitting power.- Hex Bar Dead Lift. The dead lift is a staple for building overall size and strength.
Pull up/Seated Pull Down.
Hanging Toes to Bar.
Great baseball coaches act as instructors, and that requires them to possess expert knowledge of the sport. They must teach beyond the basics. Instead of teaching players to stay in front of ground balls, they must teach players to stay low and make quick transitions from the glove to the throwing hand.
Basically with a runner at first base and a ball hit to any of the three outfield spots the shortstop will be the cutoff man to third base. Making sure he is in a straight line between the outfielder and the third baseman.
A baseball coach should have leadership qualities. The coach should motivate players to stay positive, fair, patient, sincere, concerned, and honest to succeed. The baseball coach should also communicate effectively and display credibility, competence, respect, and authority.