Baseball Drills are Crucial for this Reason
It would be great if ball players could just go out and take batting, pitching, and fielding practice, as in games, and from regulation game distances, without ever having to perform baseball drills. However, there is one major problem with that - Little problems turn into big problems, the greater the distance. Distance compounds problems, so what may seem like a little problem, for example on the batting tee, is a huge problem when it comes to facing in game pitching, form regulation pitching distances.
That is why baseball drills are necessary, as they often begin with short distance drill work, where problems are little, and when players can easier iron out those problems. A couple of statements I often tell my students attest to the idea that little problems are big problems the further away one is. "If you can't hit consistent line drives off a batting tee, you can't expect to hit them with a moving ball, when facing a pitcher." "If you are all over the place with your throws in warm-ups, you certainly will not hit your target when pitching or throwing across the infield after fielding ground balls."
How to Use baseball Drills and Distance to Best Advantage
Baseball drills, begun at a short distance, not only keep the problem smaller, short distance practice allows for quicker repetition of the actions, so more practice can be done in a short amount of time. As the issues begin to minimize, adding distance, little by little is best.
For example, batters should begin on the batting tee, move to short flip work, before facing pitching from gradually added distances. When coaches or players notice their hitting problem returning, coaches should move back closer for a spell, take a break, or call it a day, depending on the fatigue factor of the hitter.
Along the same lines, pitchers begin at shorter than normal pitching distance and gradually work their way back, as good form and control comes.
Understanding that distance compounds problems, helps players practice more efficiently, and patiently, so eventual skill development comes.
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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