Are You a Good Youth Baseball Coach?
By Chip Lemin
Are you ready for another season of watching your youth baseball
team make tons of errors? Well, if your not,check out a few drills you can use winter work outs or spring training. These
drills are fun for youth baseball players, along with helping them learn fielding fundamentals lacking many of today's youth
baseball players.So print them up for for better results fielding the ball this year.
Outfield Bucket Drill
Place a large garbage can (clean one please) on its side,
on home plate so that the opening faces second base
Players make 2 lines in right and left field. Coach is at
2nd base with bucket of balls. * Have the first two players in each line break away from their groups and assume a normal
ready fielding position
Throw a soft pop fly into the air for the fielders to catch.
* After the catch, they crow hop and throw the ball at cutoff-height to home plate. Instruct them to throw the ball into the
bucket with the ball bouncing once or twice prior to home plate. Players rotate after each throw, and then
after 2 throws. Add grounders to the mix, showing them how to field balls along
With making proper strong throws home.
Throwing skills include aggressively squaring the body to
the target, the crow hop; correct arm extension with fingers atop the ball and pointed straight back; grip the ball across
the seams; hip roll and follow through.
Emphasize proper fielding techniques. The players should be
catching the ball with there
Momentum taking them towards home plate or the base they are throwing to. Show them
to run to the spot, step back some, and then come in on the ball. Receive the ball above the bill of their hat, slightly toward
the throwing shoulder; glove fingers are pointed to the sky (not turned SIDEWAYS.
To improve focus of the players in this drill, make it a contest
between 2 or 3 evenly matched groups. Make up scoring rules, and watch the focus improve. This always adds fun to a work
as long as the teams are even. Our Advanced course goes into drop steps, crossover steps, fielding grounders on the run, and
Call out the Number Drill
Take 12 to 24 balls and put the number 1 or 2 on each ball,
evenly divided as possible. Have players line up at shortstop, 2nd base, 1st base, and home plate with their gloves. Divide
them evenly as possible; you can have whole team in on this drill if you want.
The thrower at home plate picks a ball out of the bucket,
and rolls a pretty hard grounder to player at short. The player fielding the ball at short will call out the number on the
ball, and throws it to 1st or 2nd base.
After ball is thrown to 1st base, that player will then throw
ball to second base, where that player will run ball back to a bucket by shortstop. Each time a throw is made, the player
must tag that base before the next throw is made. Errant throws must be retrieved and that base tagged before next throw is
made. Any of the 3 players can go get the poor throw, but the throw must go back to the right base before the next throw is
The players rotate while ball is being put in the bucket (fielder
goes to first, first baseman goes to second, and second baseman goes to end of line), or they can go to home plate and be
a thrower. Thrower then would go to short to become a fielder.
The drill can be turned into a competition by splitting up
into teams and simultaneously conducting the drill (other team starts in between home and first and throw to third for #1
and home for #2) or timing each team on how long it takes them to complete 12-24 balls. Emphasis should be put on setting
the feet to throw to the proper base, along with a quick release with out taking an extra step, and that making good throws
will avoid lost time chasing after wild throws. As players advance, make sure proper footwork for tagging a base and throwing
to the next base is taught. Players should be taught to stay in low crouching position while making quick throws to 2nd base
Circle the Bucket Drill
Helps player to use proper footwork (shuffling and rounding
of ball) by circling the bucket before fielding ball. This will help them to use footwork that will square them to target,
and provide momentum for their throws.
Need bucket of balls along with extra bucket.
Players line up at shortstop with a bucket 5 feet in front
of them. The coach sets up at pitcher's mound with bucket of balls.
As the coach rolls slower speed grounders at the bucket, the
player circles the bucket from the 3rd base side and fields the ball, keeping his footwork right, and momentum moving toward
The speed of the grounders will increase, as players get better
at this drill. This drill is about proper form, not how fast we do it. Increase speed only as players do drill correctly.
To add more difficulty have players circle ball from first base side.
Have each player do this 5-6 times. You can have players be
the rollers also, and then rotate back to fielding line.
I hope you find these drills helpful.The key to a good practice
is that the kids have fun while they learn.You really don't have yell and shout if the team doesn't do it just right.Just
look first for the effort.
About Coach Chip
Hello My name is Chip Lemin. I'm a long time
youth baseball coach who loves to promote this great game of youth baseball. Promoting sportsmanship in this game of youth
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