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Baseball drills for youth level players

Tee Ball Drills

Tee ball drills teach players the fundamentals of the game and how to function effectively as a team. It’s always best to focus on all areas of the sport, rather than mainly focusing on batting or fielding.

Tee ball drills teach players the basics of the game and provide the practice they need in order to maintain and develop good techniques. All skills and areas of the sport are improved through drills. With practice, dedication and repetition, players are able to improve their tee ball abilities and teams learn how to effectively work together as a strong unit.

Crab Drill:

The crab drill teaches players the proper stance for preparing to field the ball. Player is in the basic fielding position stance (as if the pitcher is about to release the ball). The player should be crouched forward with glove open and down on the field. Player then takes three or four steps (sort of like a crab) toward the ball as the coach roles it. Like many other tee ball drills, crab drill teaches fielders what to do when they do not have the ball, which is just as important as when they do.

Crow Hop:

Crow hop is a classic and very effective throwing drill. Player takes a short step and then hops in the direction of the intended throw. This drill teaches players the proper technique of using their bodies to position themselves toward the target and to throw with the momentum of the body.

Distraction:

Distraction is a drill where the coach rolls the ball to a fielder. However, before the ball reaches the fielder, another player runs in front of the fielder for the purpose of attempting to break the fielder’s concentration on catching the ball. This drill teaches the fielder to focus on the ball and keep both eyes on the ball from the time it leaves the bat to the time it arrives in their glove.

Dive:

Dive is a drill where the coach throws or hits the ball to one side or the other of a fielder, who then has to dive and make the catch. After the catch is made the fielder must quickly throw the ball to first bass.

Just Block It:

Just block it is a drill which teaches players the importance of trying to keep the ball on the infield. The coach hits the ball directly to a fielder. The emphasis of this drill is on stopping the ball from getting past the infielder to the outfield. Though catching the ball is best, blocking the ball is also acceptable, and points are awarded for every successful block or catch.

Run Down:

The run down is a drill to practice this common situation of trying to run down a player who is caught between two bases. This drill works with two fielders and a runner. The runner tries to run from one base to another without getting tagged out while the other players toss the ball back and forth to get the runner out. Participants should rotate positions.

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Pick-up:

Pick-up is a drill where two players (or two rows of players) line up about ten feet apart. From kneeling position, one player rolls the ball to the other. The player who receives the ball can practice how to pick the ball up off the ground. This is one of the most basic tee ball drills, and should be done about fifteen times and then the players should switch positions.

Kenny Buford is a baseball and t-ball coach with over 20 years of experience. You can make your t-ball coaching life even easier by downloading his t-ball practice plans at the site: Tee Ball Drills and Practice Plans.

By Kenny Buford
Published: 6/4/2008

 

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