I am often asked by youth baseball coaches what drills they can do to maximize their time when there is limited time to practice or for pregame drills.
After considering those, following are some suggestions for pregame practice or for practices with very limited time. It is never a bad idea to begin with some easy running and stretching. It is best to have this led by one of the team members; as long as coaches supervise so that players treat the time seriously.
* The goal of line drives with backspin to the field where the ball is pitched, dropped, or located on the batting tee, should always be stressed by coaches.
Base running Closer to game time is the time to be sure players' legs are very loose, so some breaks and leads with a few hard sprints are a good idea. Coaches can adjust this schedule based on the needs of the team at that particular point of the season, including working on any game type strategy that the team needs to cover. For example, teams that are struggling defensively should perform more fielding work during this limited time. Finally, as implied, coaches should be careful that pregame practice is not so intense that players get spent physically or mentally before games, especially as the season progresses and for younger players.
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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