I believe in baseball drills for players of all ages, as they work for a number of reasons. First, they help explain a certain aspect of the game, as for the correct way to hit, throw, pitch, and field. Second, players usually get a great number of repetitions in a short span. Third, for most baseball drills, a small area is all that is necessary to do them. Fourth, and most important, good baseball drills generally force the correct actions, leading to quicker improvement than would have been possible without the baseball drills. Lastly, they help keep practice boredom away, especially with the great number of drills available to coaches and players.
However, some dangers exist with baseball drills, especially in the short term.
Possible Negatives of Baseball Drills
Because of those dangers, it is always best to do a few things to try to avoid them from occurring.
Players should do the following when doing drills:
As stated above, I believe continual use of baseball drills are the best way to teach the game, but coaching supervision is necessary so the intended result has a chance. Finally, although it takes patience to wait, I often see the results of good drills take affect at the beginning of the following season, as players show improved skills at that time and do not over think anymore.
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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