Show Me a Kid Who Doesn't Like This
Let's face it, there are times when baseball practice becomes a little slow, especially with inexperienced youth baseball coaches at the helm. When things seem to be dragging a little at practice, it is always good to have that "Go To" plan, which picks up every ones spirits. One of the go to plans I use is the hitting game. I have never observed many kids who did not like playing this hitting game, as long as it is run correctly. There are a few variations explained below, and it is a good idea to add different versions from time to time. The key is to challenge players according to their ability level. Because coaches can do just that, teams can be one sided, with no guarantee the most talented team wins. It is a good idea to explain to players that the pitcher-coach will be doing just that.
As noticed by scoring system, defensive team can score even when no points awarded for soft hit balls and can negate some of the offensive points, by catching balls. For instance, batter gets three points for a hard hit line drive but defense gets two when ball is caught or three if a diving catch, making the net gain one or zero. In this manner, players aggressively play defense, too.
Points are added each inning to get the winning team. Variations of game include not using a defense, especially when playing game in batting cage, or when parents around to field balls. In addition, points can be deducted for swings and misses, pop ups, errors on defense, etc"¦ Coaches can be creative with the hitting game rules to keep it changing and for stressing the importance of certain aspects of baseball.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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