Ultimate Guide to Coaching Little League Baseball

Little League Baseball Drills

After your players have learned the basic skills needed to play baseball, plan to run plenty of drills so they're prepared for real game situations. Many municipal leagues will either have a manual with suggested drills or hold a training session to help new coaches organize practice and conduct effective drills.

One very important play for infielders is to be able to pick up a ground ball and throw it to first base. First, focus on the basic skill of picking up a grounder with glove extended, rather than directly under the player. Have players line up behind a bat laid on the ground. The first player in line stands 6 feet (1.8 m) behind the bat. Roll a ball toward the player. Have players run up and, without crossing the bat themselves, field the ball before it hits the bat [source: Baseball Corner].

When basic skills have been mastered, have all players line up at second base, and hit or throw grounders toward second base. Each player fields a grounder and throws it to a coach or parent volunteer at first base. You may want to extend this drill to include fielding balls at shortstop and third base, as well as having players take turns playing first base. With older players, you can add a double play to the drill.

Another important skill to drill in during practice is hitting. Players must have success hitting in practice if they're to succeed during a game. One drill you can use to help players develop a powerful swing is to have them hit an underinflated soccer ball off a tee. Place a toilet plunger handle-down into the tee and rest the soccer ball on top. Have players focus on hitting the ball without having the bat stop or slow down as it hits the soccer ball [source: Baseball Corner].

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