Coaching youth baseball fielders is often like coaching baseball hitting what I have one player do is completely opposite from what I have the next player do. The reason, of course, is that every player has a different baseball personality, leading to different baseball habits. Good coaches adjust to their personnel and design drills that help players overcome bad habits.
Most youth-baseball fielders fall into one of two categories. Half of youth baseball fielders are too aggressive charging balls immediately, when they should not charge them, or by not getting set when they get to the ball and having to throw off balance.
Other youth baseball fielders are very unaggressive, always laying back and letting the ball play come to them. Finding that happy medium for baseball fielders is the job of the youth baseball coach.
Most coaches prefer the aggressive fielder because kids, who lay back and let the ball play them, risk getting bad hops and risk not having the time to throw the runner out. However, over aggressive baseball fielders often play themselves into bad hops also or are out of control when getting to balls.
With implementation of these fielding drills, over aggressive fielders will line the ball up first and are under control before making their throws.
Many youth are very un-aggressive baseball fielders, always laying back on ground balls. With these type players, coaches should implement the following fielding drills.
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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