You can use a regular size ball or a smaller ball to intensify the drill. Position yourself to the batting side (right for right handed batters) and ahead of the batter. Toss the “ball” at the hip of the batter. You want them to impact the ball in front of their body. This is the [...]
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 [...]
I cannot count the number of times I have watched a young player get out on a play when they should have been safe at first, had they simply ran hard. This is a very preventable out, and one that will cost you several runs over the course of the season if you don’t nip [...]
Divide the team into two groups. A coach goes with each group and serves as the “hitter.” Players do not use gloves in this game. The reason that gloves are not used is to force players to field the ball with two hands, rather than just using the glove and fielding the ball with one [...]
Run this drill in any large open area (a field or a gym). Divide the team into as many groups of two as possible. If an uneven number of players are present use a coach to fill out the last group. One member of each group lines up on one side of the area, [...]
Give your players a target. When there’s something to throw the ball at, they tend to try harder.
The one lesson I did get to stick was: when throwing, step with the glove-side foot. Trying to step with the throwing-hand side leaves them off balance. Step with the glove side foot, good balance, a much better [...]
Set up cones helping to mark the bases. Easier to see when you’re only 3 feet tall!
Get a piece of cardboard with footprints on it to help them get familiar with standing to address the ball. And, of course, keep your eye on the ball.
I have read with some interest the other coaches’ input on pitching. My concern in teaching players to pitch is eliminating elements in their throwing motion which puts unnecessary stress on the elbow or shoulder. What I emphasize to my pitchers is that the arm should be straight or almost straight when the arm is [...]
Many young pitchers hold their glove at their shoulder during the pitch and do not properly rotate at the shoulders. In order to promote proper rotation of the shoulders, I have my pitchers kneel on their pivot knee(right knee if you are right handed) with left leg extended. Hands are in the gathered position and [...]