Kids love contests and this team throwing drill fits that. In addition, it is a great way for coaches to help players build up arm strength at the same time. Coaches should insist that players have a different partner each time for this team throwing drill so the same players do not win all the time.
After players have warmed their arms up, players pair off at the same short distance apart. The ball begins at the same side for each pair and at the coaches command the ball is thrown to their catch partner. With each completed throw, players back up one step. A missed ball takes that pair out of that round, but they continue to throw even though they cannot win that round. Players continue to back up with each subsequent throw and completed catch until a pair wins. Players, who have to run up to the throw more than two steps are out, also. After a team wins, players begin again.
Coaches should insist on good throwing mechanics, as kids often tend to fly open early when throwing long distances.
Once again, this is fun team throwing drill for kids, develops arm strength and makes sure arms are loose to begin practice.
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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