Fun Baseball Drills for the Skills that Scale in Youth Baseball

By Michael O’Connell, Director of Schooling

Whenever you consider baseball drills, you typically consider one thing repetitive and centered on perfecting mechanics—one thing you must do again and again till you get proper. However baseball is way more dynamic than simply repeating the identical factor time and again.

Not all drills must appear to be this. Reconsidering what a drill may be and understanding how partaking competitors and video games may be for youth gamers can open up a variety of choices to make apply enjoyable and productive.

We wish to make apply and talent growth extra partaking by introducing guidelines, level programs, and competitors across the Abilities that Scale. We wish to make sure that we’re coaching abilities that shall be impactful at this time and sooner or later.

These Abilities that Scale are:

We’re going to take the Abilities that Scale and create video games with scoring programs to introduce competitors amongst our gamers—not solely with teammates but in addition with themselves over time. The basics of creating these video games are how we run our Youth Journey Groups. Concerned with studying extra? Try our Youth Baseball Growth Certification.

This enables us to have interaction hitters and pitchers higher and lower down on time in apply the place youth athletes undergo the motions. Try our favourite drill video games under: Ranges, Kill the King, and Medication Ball Volleyball.

Enjoyable Youth Baseball Pitching Drill


Hit a goal whereas scaling issue to the flexibility of the participant

Talent Focus: Hitting a goal

Supplies / Gear:

Baseballs to throw with

An area with adequate distance to throw

A goal (if a catcher just isn’t accessible)

Enjoying Stage: 12U – You could possibly use this sport with an older participant who has much less enjoying expertise.

Time Dedication: 15+ minutes and can differ by age

Sport Objectives: Highest level complete wins

Sport Description:

For each pitch that’s thrown competitively within the strike zone, the participant will get a degree every time they hit a goal. The goal could also be a strike zone, an space in a strike zone or a catcher. We suggest the next sequence for throws:

Stage 1: 30 toes (32 toes Pony) – 6-8 throws

Stage 2: 38 toes (41 toes Pony) – 6-8 throws

Stage 3: 46 toes (50 toes Pony) – 6-8 throws

For every stage, it would be best to report their success price. It is a nice approach to work on gamers’ accuracy and assist them construct confidence at totally different distances. For a participant who’s at an age the place the mound is being pushed again, this can be a nice approach to transition them to the farther distance.

Model 2: You’ll be able to add a contest facet by lining up two gamers at equivalent distances subsequent to one another. One participant shall be lined up two or three toes to the left of house plate, and the opposite shall be lined up two or three toes to the proper.

Each gamers can begin on the identical time, and they’re aiming on the identical goal. Whoever hits the goal essentially the most instances wins. As a tiebreaker, you may time them or say the successful is the participant who completed every throw first.

Enjoyable Youth Hitting Drill

Kill the King

Partaking a participant’s consciousness of the depend they’re hitting in and their strategy to these counts.

Talent Focus: Barrel Management + Bat Pace

Supplies / Gear: Baseball Bat + Baseballs

Enjoying Stage: 8 years and up

Time Dedication: 10+ minutes

Sport Scoring: Highest level complete wins

Sport Description:

This sport trains strategy by giving hitters particular counts they should hit in, together with high quality contact by assigning factors for particular hits. As hitters undergo rounds, coaches will assign factors to onerous hit balls. Under is an instance scoring system.

Be aware: Subtracting factors does add one other stage of competitors to the sport, however we’d solely recommend doing so in case you have somebody devoted to monitoring factors. Relying on their age and maturity, athletes can also be given this position.

Spherical 1: Participant begins with a 2-2 depend

Arduous Hit Balls: 2pts

Something Else: 0pts

Coaches will then want to separate the crew into smaller teams and set a degree complete that the successful crew wants to achieve. We might recommend 20 factors. Gamers on every crew ought to swap off hitting, so Workforce 1 Participant 1 hits, then Workforce 2 Participant 1, then Workforce 1 Participant 2, and so forth. Including in a depend additionally restricts the variety of probabilities a participant will get, so that you aren’t throwing a set variety of pitches per spherical. Every participant steps in and will get factors in 1-2 swings (2 swings in the event that they take a ball).

As soon as gamers every hit one time, that finishes ‘Spherical 1’. Within the second spherical, we’d add in unfavorable factors.


Spherical 2: Participant begins with a 2-1 depend

Arduous Hit Balls To The Outfield: 3pts

Floor Balls: Minus 1pt

Within the third and last spherical of Kill The King, we actually emphasize a extra game-like surroundings.

Spherical 3: Participant begins with a 3-2 depend

Arduous Hit Ball: 4 pts

Tender Contact or Pop-Ups: Minus 2 pts

Try our favourite methods in how we warm-up our hitters for video games like these.

Enjoyable Youth Baseball Drill for Energy and Energy

Medication Ball Volleyball

It will get your gamers’ aggressive juices flowing whereas engaged on rotational energy.

Talent Focus: Explosive energy, getting our athletes to maneuver as quick as attainable with a heavier object

Supplies / Gear: 2-3 drugs balls, relying on what number of teams you may type your crew into. For ages, center faculty and up, these balls are often 6 lbs or extra. At youthful ages, you should use a basketball or soccer ball as an alternative of a drugs ball. A hurdle or barrier gamers can see by way of, akin to a fence, for the drugs balls to be thrown over.

Enjoying Stage: 9U +, age & energy of athletes ought to decide drugs ball weight

Time Dedication: 5+ minutes

Sport Objectives:

The primary crew to 10 factors wins, level totals may be adjusted down in case you are quick for time. One crew will get a degree when the drugs ball is dropped on the opposite aspect or doesn’t make it over the fence/barrier.

Gamers develop explosiveness by throwing the drugs ball up within the air and the flexibility to simply accept power by catching the drugs ball.

Sport Description:

Use a reasonably heavy drugs ball for the age group that’s enjoying. We might recommend utilizing a hurdle set at max top (round 5 toes) for a “web”. Different objects can be utilized, akin to a fence or a string, however we propose that gamers be capable to see by way of the item to the opposite crew.

Gamers ought to be damaged up into teams of 3-4 and positioned on both aspect of the online. One participant begins with the drugs ball and throws it over the hurdle to the opposite crew. A participant on the opposite crew should make the catch and return the drugs ball to the opposite aspect. If one crew drops the drugs ball, then the opposite crew will get a degree.

Model 2: You’ll be able to play for time, seeing what number of accomplished throws every crew could make in a single minute.

Model 3: You’ll be able to play for a variety of tosses. See how briskly every crew can full the set variety of throws.

Try the opposite methods we incorporate drugs ball coaching for our youth athletes.

Youth Apply Video games: Abilities that Scale

47 video games using abilities we’ve recognized to assist youth baseball gamers enhance.


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