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What are some good Baseball drills I can do by my self? I am 13 and I am trying to get much better at baseball. I don’t have any one who will play with me. There is a park near my house with a Baseball diamond. I would like to be a much better defender and batter. I try to play every position on the diamond. I am not on a team so yeah. AND ONE MORE THING: When does Babe Ruth Lane baseball start???
I am 14 years old and I was wondering any of you all out there knew any baseball drills that I could work on myself. I am a Shortstop and I have a raquet ball and a shed. and a bat and a pitch back. Of course, I have baseballs.
Jeff Grybish, Buffalo Grove, IL high School head coach demonstrates effective pitching drills for training young pitchers, emphasizing strength, balance and focus. Grybish presented his expertise as part ot The Student Athlete Foundation’s coaching clinic delivered to local volunteer youth coaches at no cost as part of TSAF”s mentoring program.
What are some great baseball drills that will really improve your skills?
Youth Baseball Drills To Develop Bunting Skills
Bunting is an important batting skill in baseball which can be improved through a series of youth baseball drills highlighting the skill. Of the two types of bunting, these drills focus on the stance and execution of the more popular sacrifice bunt, where one player sacrifices their at-bat to move a base runner up a base.
Introducing the Bunt
One skill that baseball players need to know and develop through youth baseball drills is bunting. When bunting the player holds the bat horizontally in front of the plate, lightly tapping the ball instead of hitting it full on, which keeps the ball in-field and as far away from the fielders as possible.
Sacrifice and Base-hit Bunts
There are two main types of bunts: sacrifice bunts and base-hit bunts. When executing a sacrifice bunt, the goal is to advance the base runner in exchange for an out. Since the batter never really intends to make it to first base, a sacrifice bunt is not counted as an at-bat. It is generally reserved for weaker hitters in close, low-scoring games.
Bunting for a base hit is pretty self-explanatory- the player bunts the ball and runs as fast as they can towards the base. Often players begin running as they are bunting the ball, which is known as a drag bunt. This play is more common with left-handed batters since they are standing to the right of the plate and don’t need to cut across home plate first on their journey towards first base. Since bunting requires both concentration and dexterity, the best way to increase chances of success is by running youth baseball drills that focus on bunting. In doing so, players will be able to gain knowledge of the fielders’ responses to the bunt as well as deduce what type of pitch best suits their bunting needs.
Bunting Stance and Sacrifice Practice
Use these youth baseball drills to improve sacrifice bunting skills. The first drill focuses on the mechanics and timing of the sacrifice bunt. To begin, players spread out approximately 20 feet in front of the coach. Each player has a bat and assumes their batting stance while the coach simulates a pitch. One by one, the players transition from batting stance to bunting stance. Coaches should be watching to see if the players appear balanced and if they are stepping where the plate would be. Also, this drill gives coaches an opportunity to watch many players as once to see if their bats are at the correct bunting angle at the top of the strike zone.
Once players have successfully mastered their bunting stances, it’s time to practice hitting the bunt. Here’s a bunting drill for teams of three. To begin, place a throw down base which will act as home plate with two cones on the first base side and two cones on the third base side. These sets of cones will act as targets for the bunts. The first player stands at the throw down base as another player pitches to them. The batting players gets 10 pitches to try to bunt the ball between the cones. Each time a bunt goes through the cones, the bunter gets one point. After the 10 pitches, players rotate positions, and the player with the most points is the winner.
One thing to watch for in this drill is that players are pitching fairly. Sometimes players complain if they feel they didn’t get good pitches to bunt. If possible, try assigning an adult volunteer as an umpire to watch over this drill to ensure each player gets a fair chance at bunting and to avoid any arguments.
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Bunt Pepper This is a great drill to develop bunting skills. The drill involves 5 players in each group. The players may use the pivot or square around bunt technique. The batter must bunt the ball to each of the four fielders,
Introducing the Bunt One skill that baseball players need to know and develop through youth baseball drills is bunting. When bunting the player holds the bat horizontally in front of the plate, lightly tapping the ball instead of hitting it full on.
Baseball Practice Drills – Scrimmage Variations
In baseball, practice makes perfect, which means that baseball practice drills are the best way to hone players’ skills properly and sharpen their reflexes. These two drills are variations of traditional scrimmage with players rotating positions or beginning with a full count to help bolster their competitive spirits.
Practice Makes Perfect
As the old saying goes, "practice makes perfect". While this saying can be applied almost anywhere, it rings especially true where baseball is concerned, since players with less ability can hone and tune the skills required of their position to surpass naturally athletic players, and the best way to improve these skill sets is by running baseball practice drills.
Quality over Quantity
The most important thing to keep in mind when running baseball practice drills is that quality should be favored over quantity. Drills are put into place so that players can learn and perfect the right way of doing things, since repeating a skill in the improper way will cause the mind to revert to that in game play situations. Coaches should always encourage players to execute baseball practice drills 10 times with perfect form as opposed to 20 times with speed and sloppy form.
When demonstrating baseball practice drills, go slow at first to emphasize form and function. Allow the players a chance to ask questions and run through the drill at half-speed if so desired. Finally, many baseball practice drills can be run as mini games or competitions which help to foster the competitive spirit and encourages players to give their all and overcome the mindset that they’re just running drills.
Soft Toss and 3-2 Count Scrimmages
Try selecting baseball practice drills that incorporate a large number of players so that everyone can get involved such as this one called "Soft Toss Scrimmage". To begin, split the players into two teams. One team will start on offense while the other starts on defense. Since teams will be short of a full defense, let them decide how they’d like to orient themselves in the field to maximize defensive potential.
To begin, the coach soft tosses the ball towards the batter. The batter must swing at every pitch, and the regular three strikes rule applies. Players are not allowed to bunt or steal bases. After every hitter, the defense rotates one position to the left as quickly as possible, giving every player a chance to try all the positions and use their quick-thinking reflexes in situations they may not be as familiar with. After six outs, the teams switch sides, and play continues for at least three innings or until one team has scored the desire number of runs.
Next here’s a drill called "3-2 Scrimmage". The drill is conducted like a regular scrimmage with players at their regular positions, except that the hitter begins with a full count of 3-2, which speeds up game play remarkably. Younger or inexperienced players can begin with a 2-1 count to give them a little more leeway.
The purpose of this scrimmage drill is to force the pitcher to focus and throw a strike when the pressure is on, since there is no room for error when the count is full. The drill also places the batter in the must-swing mentality, since they only have one chance. After three outs the teams switch sides, and play continues until one team has scored ten runs.
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Base running Secrets for Youth Baseball Coaches
Here’s a few drills to get your team ready for next season to burn up the base paths. Make a note of them for your spring practices.
Base running is another overlooked part of coaching youth baseball.Most of it is from not having fun instructive drills that will teach kids proper base running techniques.All Youth baseball players can become good base runners regardless of speed or size. As a youth baseball coach don’t forget about your slow guys, they can also help your team with good base running.Here’s a couple drills that you can use this upcoming season.
Divide your team in half as equally as possible and assemble two lines at home plate, one line slightly ahead and inside the other. Now have a coach on the pitcher’s mound give a command for the lead runner in both lines to take off. . One runs straight through first base as if they are beating out a groundball, the other makes a turn and continues into second. At the next command, the drill continues in the same manner but the runner on second now rounds third and scores while the runner on first takes third. Now you have bases loaded on every cycle of this drill .It goes on with the runner on third tagging up and scoring. Two runners will now score each time the bats are hit together. Players go to the end of the opposite line when they score and bases remain loaded continuously.
It’s a much more instructional drill than having the players continually circle the bases, and give every player a chance to perform just about all the situations they will see in a game. Coaches can check for base running technique, how they are rounding the bags etc…It help players get into baseball shape which it more short quick bursts of energy needed. You can help players learn to get good jumps and to anticipate when to go.
This drill should be done at the end of practice, because the players will be pretty tired after. End the drill when you can see they have had enough and are starting to get sloppy
Study the pitcher drill
Align all players on the first base foul line, in the outfield. The line becomes the base. Somewhere near the infield dirt, near where the second baseman would play. On second base two out lead, delay steal, etc.). Other coaches should be positioned to watch players and make corrections.
Spend 5-10 minutes of every practice on this. We also spent at least 5 minutes before every game on this drill.
This drill is usually done with the entire team. Splitting up the team prevents players from just copying what the others are doing. This forces them to focus more and actually retain more of your coaching.
This not a long drill, just a quick refresher on studying the pitchers foot work to determine whether or not to dive back, go back standing, or just move back toward base. Just assume that it is 1st base we are working on. You can add 2nd or 3rd base if you want.
Split your players up into as small of groups as you can, depending on the current situation at practice or pre-game. Use the outfield foul or any kind of line, depending if you are indoors or not. A coach acts as the pitcher. All players should have a good view. The coach should alternate between right-hander, left-hander, stretch, windup, stepping off the rubber, and picks. Players are given a scenario before every pitch (on first base straight steal, on first base hit and run, etc… Players assume the correct position, take a proper lead, and react according to the play called and the movement of the pitcher.
When it is a team drill, have other coaches watching players, don’t let players take this drill lightly, base running blunders can blow up promising innings
Off to the races drill
This is another fun way to end practice with a base running drill kids will like. Split the team in half, with one group of kids behind home plate and other half behind second. Just don’t have them all run the bases together, there’s not much being learned that way. Turn it into a relay race with baseballs as the batons being passed from runner to runner. Give the first kid of each group a ball (this will be the "baton" for the relay race). At "GO!" the first kid from each team begins running the bases, ball in hand. After making a complete lap around the bases (back to each kid’s starting point) that kid hands the ball off to the next kid in line, who continues the relay race. Try to have coaches at the bases encouraging proper turns and foot work. First group of kids to finish the race wins. They will not want practice to be over most of the time. Kids love to compete, and when you can use contests to help you teach, it’s always more effective.
These are some of the more basic drills, look for more advanced drills coming up later.
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