Baseball Drills & Tips

Baseball is a sport that, like other sports, requires specific skills in order for a player to perform well. Coaches and parents may try to help young players develop those skills with practice drills. While drills can be effective in helping players hone their skills, tips on how to use these drills more effectively can help. For example, coaches may feel hurried as practices draw to a close, but rushing players through drills may not provide the best training regimen. Having players and parents understand that rushing through drills is undesirable can help practices be more effective.

Fielding Tips and Drills

The coach or parent can bat balls to the infielders, who then throw the ball to each position in the infield before returning the ball. The throws should be fast and simulate game conditions. Runners on the bases can add to the realism of this drill. During the drill, the coach or parent can explain some infield tips to the players. Players should want to be involved with every out the team makes while playing defense. These should be focused on the hitting zone and be moving in anticipation as the batter swings in order to get a jump on the ball. Players should field balls hit on the ground on good hops, if possible. This may require a fielder to wait and allow the ball to take an extra hop instead of getting the ball as soon as possible.

Batting Tips and Drills

Players can take swings in front of the coach or parent in order to determine if the player has a level swing and the correct grip on the bat. Then pitchers can be used for batting practice, during which the pitcher tries to throw all strikes so that the batter can work on mechanics. A video recording device can help a player to visualize swinging deficiencies. A good tip to relay to batters is that if they are swinging for power, they should try to hit the ball through the outfield fence instead of over the fence. This helps players visualize having level swings. Batters should visualize the ball returning in the same direction as it arrives at the plate after getting hit; this helps batters to imagine hitting the ball squarely.

Practice Drills and Tips

Coaches may have stations set up on the practice field or in the gym to work on skills. For each station, there is a skill that is addresses, such as one station to work on swing mechanics, another station to work on throwing mechanics, and another to work on double plays. One tip for such a setup is to have common flaws checked for at each station. Players should understand what is expected at each station before the start of practice; this helps the players get the most instruction from each station.

About this Author

Doug Hewitt has been writing for 20 years and has a Master of Arts from UNC-Greensboro. He authored the book The Practical Guide to Weekend Parenting, which includes health and fitness hints for parents. He and his wife, Robin, are co-authors of the Free College Resource Book.