Using the same baseball practice format every practice gets boring to youth players.
At baseball camps, one baseball practice format that I use is to have kids pick three baseball positions they want to learn or play. The first round they go to their favorite position, the next round to their second favorite, followed by their third favorite baseball position. In this way, players not only learn different positions, always a good thing at the youth levels, but they get to play their favorite position. Getting to play their favorite position motivates players to work hard, along with keeping them interested in baseball.
Unfortunately, most kids do not get to play their favorite position on their regular teams, or not as often as they would like to play them. It is always a good thing for youth baseball coaches to recognize this and incorporate a favorite position, baseball-practice format, at least occasionally.
There are a few ways coaches can incorporate this baseball practice format:
Of course, coaches have to keep safety in mind, and not allow kids, who are unready to play certain positions, away from those in game situations. For example, kids who cannot handle strong throws at this stage of their development may not be ready to play first base in games until they learn to handle strong throws.
Another advantage of this baseball practice format is that players remain happy, even if they do not get to play their favorite in games. Additionally, it gives coaches an idea of what positions players like best, it helps coaches see other players at different positions and it creates a little competition for positions, which may serve to motivate players more than without that baseball practice format.
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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