If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times, "What should they be working on at home?" The question comes from parents of young baseball players. Well, first, coaches and parents must do a better job of teaching players some baseball drills kids can be doing at home. Just telling them to practice is not enough and for those without knowledge of what to do, boredom sets in after a few minutes.
Finding an indoor gym or area to play some ball is often difficult or expensive, or both. The following are some superb baseball drills kids can do inside, in the comfort of their home. These are especially necessary for the ballplayers who get antsy in the middle of winter without baseball. Of course, they are beneficial any time of year because they help kids improve, stay sharp, develop discipline and conditioning, and even help them focus on the little things. For the most dedicated ballplayers, they should set up a schedule of a few of these per day. For example, on Monday and Thursday, players work on the hitting drills below. On Tuesday and Fridays, they perform the throwing and fielding drills. That leaves Wednesday and Saturdays for the conditioning baseball drills kids can do. Sunday, of course, is the rest day.
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The best news is that they do not need to be on a baseball field and a vast amount of space is not necessary to improve their baseball play. The serious ballplayer finds a way to work on their baseball skills and players, who continue to work on their baseball skills, often pass their competition the following season or, at the least, are much more prepared to have a great season. Even 5 minutes a day can help produce excellent results when players go to their regular baseball practices and games. Following are some simple baseball drills kids should be doing. These indoor baseball drills work on the crucial skills of throwing, hitting and fielding and many can be done while watching TV. Better yet, players can put their headphones on and do them to their favorite music to keep them "pumped" for the practice.
Performing the above indoor baseball drills kids improve bat speed by firing their lead hand and opening their hips as explosively as possible. Additionally, the drills help fielders develop soft, quick hands and throwers produce good grips, backspin, and consistent throwing release points. Of course, with a little more room or in the basement or garage, players can expand on these indoor baseball drills.
For those that have space in the garage or basement, few tools are better for the ballplayer than a batting tee. Using safe balls and setting up a net or tarp to hit into will make it possible to practice batting in one's own home. This tee ball work should be mandatory for high school and travel ballplayers. Players should use the batting tee like the professional golfer uses the driving range, before games to get loose and refine the mechanics and after games to work on the necessary hitting adjustments. As consistency arrives with hitting line shots on the batting tee, players have a better chance of incorporating the right swing into their game play just by adding the timing to it.
A bonus to having a net or trap hanging up, of course, is that players can also do some throwing into the tarp. This work is especially helpful in the off season and preseason to condition the throwing arm and for working on the mechanics of throwing.
As far as conditioning and footwork go, few things are better than jumping rope. Of course, a little higher ceiling may be necessary for this. Over time, players will notice their footwork is smoother if not quicker after weeks of jumping rope.
Another excellent conditioning drill involves squeezing a rubber ball or any such similar device. Building strong hands and forearms will help to hit as well as throw.
Of course, if the TV, computer, or phone is available, players can tune into YouTube and watch videos of baseball drills or major league players in action to get a better understanding and picture if the correct baseball movements.
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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