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6U and 8U Drills 

  1. Scarecrow drill
    1. hold that position so coach can check to make sure your in proper fielding position

    2. quickly jump to right or left throwing position

    3. have players field an imaginary ball with two hands

  2. Triangles

    1. The fielder will field each ball, gather it into her stomach and make an accurate toss back. After 20 balls, the partners may switch.

    2. The fielder’s partner should throw grounders and short hops.

    3. This drill is done with partners. One player gets in her fielding stance and draws a triangle in the dirt so that its base lies along her toes and the tip is pointed at her partner, underneath her extended glove.

  3. quick ball throw

    1. partner up. Start with catching ball w/ 2 hands and quick right left foot work (10 times each)

    2. next catch ball with left foot forward (glove foot)land on right foot and quick throw

  4. 2 ball infielder drill

    1. group of 3 players

    2. one girl in middle and 2 outside

    3. 1 side rolls ball to fielder, fielder fields ball, pulls ball glove and hand up to stomach and throws back

    4. as soon as ball thrown 2nd roller rolls ball. Fielder turns into throw and fields second ball. And throw back

  5. Quick fielder drill

    1. works on fielding the ball on your glove side

    2. coach rolls ball and fielder has to get into position where their fielding ball on glove side of body

    3. player field the ball and runs it to the bucket then runs back into line (use Short stop and second)

    4. Expand drill:

      1. Roll ball to Short Stop who catches it while moving forward and toward 1st base.

      2. Player throws to 1st.

      3. Thrower follows there throw and catcher runs behind coach and places ball in bucket then goes to fielding line

      4. Do: 1. in-front 2. backhand 3. forehand

      5. make sure players are calling ball

  6. Pepper

    1. one player or coach with a bat and three players in an arc surrounding

    2. players toss ball under hand and person with the bat lightly hits or bunts ball back at players

    3. great drill for reflexes

  7. Hitting Ground balls - hit ground balls at them and get them to move to the ball.

    1. Focus on mechanics and keeping throwing hand at glove.

    2. Work on foot work once ball has been fielded

    3. Most important thing is to get them moving to where the ball is hit.

 

More advanced drills (more for 8U)

  1. Infielder one hop drill

    1. 2 players on knees across from each other

    2. toss ball to partner and partner scoops up ball in front of them

    3. be aggressive and try to get to ball before it hits the ground

      1. snatch it before it gets to close to body

    4. always keep ball in front of you

    5. Do 10 in front

    6. 10 to glove hand side

    7. 10 to back hand

      1. with back hand after ball in glove up toward ear and bring elbow toward sky

  2. Rapid Fire

    1. Set up two cones roughly 10-12 feet apart.

    2. Players will stand at each cone to act as catchers.

    3. An infielder will start in the middle of the two cones, ready to field 25 grounders from the coach.

    4. The infielder will field each ball and toss it to either player standing at a cone. The grounders should be hit rapidly.

    5. Once the fielder has released the ball, the next grounder should be on its way.

  3. Blind wall drill (good inside drill)

    1. This drill involves a wall and at least three players.

    2. Set up two cones roughly 20 feet apart.

    3. Two players will stand at each cone with an empty bucket, and a fielder starts in the middle facing the wall.

    4. A coach or player stands behind the fielder with a full bucket of tennis balls.

    5. The coach will proceed to throw the tennis balls at the wall so they bounce back as grounders for the fielder.

      1. If outside: have player face away from you and yell turn → throw ball on bounce as soon as they turn.

    6. After fielding each grounder, the fielder completes the play by making a quick toss to the left and then to the right, alternating with each grounder.

    7. The focus is on footwork, proper fielding mechanics, and accurate throwing. This drill should run approximately 45 seconds per fielder, and the grounders should be rapidly thrown.

    8. The fielder should feel tired at the end of her turn. Paddles or soft-hand gloves may be used in place of real gloves for a more challenging work-out.

  4. Two Line Drill

    1. This drill involves two hitters at the plate and a group of fielders at each of the five infield positions (excluding pitcher). The drill will proceed until the balls at the plate are gone.

    2. The first hitter will hit a grounder to the third basemen, who will field the ball and make a throw to first base. The second hitter will simultaneously hit grounders to the second baseman, who will field the ball and make a throw to the shortstop covering second base.

    3. The next round will involve hitting grounders to the shortstop (who will throw to first base) and to the third baseman (who will throw to the second baseman covering second base).

    4. In the third round, grounders will be hit to the second baseman (who will throw to first) and to the shortstop (who will throw to third).

    5. In the last round, the first baseman will field and throw to third base, and the shortstop will field and throw to second base.

    6. In every round, two buckets should be placed behind the bases to collect stray balls so they don’t interrupt the drill.

  5. Middle Field Tango

    1. This drill involves only two positions, the shortstop and second baseman. The goal of the drill is to not let the ball get past the infield. The team will split into two groups — one at each position.

    2. The coach will stand at the plate and hit grounders to the players. The grounders may be up the middle, in the holes, or directly at the infielders. It is the fielders’ responsibility to prevent any ball from getting past the dirt. They must sprint, dive, and slide to stop every ball.

    3. The two partners will get 10 balls before switching, and every passed ball is a lap around the bases. There should never be an instance when both fielders are standing and the ball gets past them.

  6. Diving drill

    1. teaches how to dive for the ball

      1. use an excessive ball and have kids roll over it

        1. next/more advanced player start on their knees

      2. this works on watching the ball and focusing on catching it

    2. throw ball to right side then left. Gets them used to diving from a short distance

    3. have kids roll off and get up quick.

  7. The Barney Bop

    1. need a chair and a large stuffed toy

    2. Start by placing "Barney" in the chair and if needed, prop him up to get him about 3-4 feet off the ground and place the chair with Barney straddling 1st base. Place a net behind the chair.

    3. divide your team up into two groups

    4. have them line up in two columns at the shortstop position. (or second for little ones)

    5. Hit a grounder to player 1 from team 1.

    6. She must cleanly field the ball and make a throw to 1st base trying to knock Barney out of the chair.

    7. If this is done, her team scores one point.

    8. Then the 1st player from Team 2 takes the next play and does the same thing.

    9. Do this until all of the players have had at least one turn.

    10. Can also set up out in the outfield and place the chair at 2nd base to teach a good throw to 2nd.

  8. Quick feet cone drill

    1. Have 6 cones set up, 3 on each side.

    2. On Side closest to field have a ball on each cone.

    3. Player run around back cone staying low, scooping ball with both hands. Foot work, right left throw

    4. repeat for each cone

    5. Works on: quick feet scooping and releasing

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10U/12U/15U

  1. Blind wall drill
    1. The fielder should feel tired at the end of her turn. Paddles or soft-hand gloves may be used in place of real gloves for a more challenging work-out.

    2. The focus is on footwork, proper fielding mechanics, and accurate throwing. This drill should run approximately 45 seconds per fielder, and the grounders should be rapidly thrown.

    3. After fielding each grounder, the fielder completes the play by making a quick toss to the left and then to the right, alternating with each grounder.

    4. The coach will proceed to throw the tennis balls at the wall so they bounce back as grounders for the fielder.

    5. A coach or player stands behind the fielder with a full bucket of tennis balls.

    6. Two players will stand at each cone with an empty bucket, and a fielder starts in the middle facing the wall.

    7. Set up two cones roughly 20 feet apart.

    8. This drill involves a wall and at least three players.

  2. Two-out Rally

    1. This drill involves the entire infield. It’s a two-out situation so every player should be playing up:

    2. The second baseman and shortstop should be in front of the baseline.

    3. The third and first basemen should be creeping in towards the batter’s box.

    4. The catcher will set up above the plate with her glove situated low as if she were getting ready to tag a runner out at the plate.

    5. The coach will hit grounders to each infielder, who will cleanly field the ball and make an accurate throw to the catcher.

    6. The purpose of this drill is to not move the catcher.

    7. Every infielder should charge the grounder, field it, and make a throw to the plate that does not move the catcher’s glove.

    8. The throws must be accurate to ensure that you get an out at home plate.

  3. Triangles

    1. This drill is done with partners. One player gets in her fielding stance and draws a triangle in the dirt so that its base lies along her toes and the tip is pointed at her partner, underneath her extended glove.

    2. The fielder’s partner should throw hard grounders and short hops. They should not be easy.

    3. The fielder will field each ball, gather it into her stomach and make an accurate toss back. After 20 balls, the partners may switch. The second round should be grounders to the back-hand side.

  4. Around the Diamond

    1. This drill involves the entire infield. The team will be split up into the five infield positions (excluding pitcher). The coach, standing at the plate, will start the drill by hitting the ball to the shortstop:

      1. The shortstop fields the ball and makes the throw to first base.

      2. The first baseman catches the ball, and throws a hard grounder to the third baseman.

      3. The third baseman fields the grounder and makes a throw to the second baseman covering second base.

      4. The second baseman catches the throw, makes a sweeping tag at the bag, and then makes a throw to the catcher at the plate.

      5. The catcher receives the ball while making a sweeping tag at home to finish the round.

  5. Two Line Drill

    1. This drill involves two hitters at the plate and a group of fielders at each of the five infield positions (excluding pitcher). The drill will proceed until the balls at the plate are gone.

    2. The first hitter will hit a grounder to the third basemen, who will field the ball and make a throw to first base. The second hitter will simultaneously hit grounders to the second baseman, who will field the ball and make a throw to the shortstop covering second base.

    3. The next round will involve hitting grounders to the shortstop (who will throw to first base) and to the third baseman (who will throw to the second baseman covering second base).

    4. In the third round, grounders will be hit to the second baseman (who will throw to first) and to the shortstop (who will throw to third).

    5. In the last round, the first baseman will field and throw to third base, and the shortstop will field and throw to second base.

    6. In every round, two buckets should be placed behind the bases to collect stray balls so they don’t interrupt the drill.

  6. Middle Field Tango

    1. This drill involves only two positions, the shortstop and second baseman. The goal of the drill is to not let the ball get past the infield. The team will split into two groups — one at each position.

    2. The coach will stand at the plate and hit grounders to the players. The grounders may be up the middle, in the holes, or directly at the infielders. It is the fielders’ responsibility to prevent any ball from getting past the dirt. They must sprint, dive, and slide to stop every ball.

    3. The two partners will get 10 balls before switching, and every passed ball is a lap around the bases. There should never be an instance when both fielders are standing and the ball gets past them.

  7. 3, 2, 1 Run

    1. divide the team up into two teams. One team is at bat and one team is lined up behind 3rd base.

    2. Take three balls and line them up at intervals of about 5-7 feet apart from 3rd base toward home plate.

    3. They should end about half way between 3rd base and home plate.

    4. The team at home is called Team 1 and the ones on defense are Team 2.

    5. Have the 1st player from Team 2 stand on 3rd base with her glove while the 1st player from Team 1 is at home plate.

    6. When the coach says, "Go", the defensive player must run to the 1st ball, pick it up and make a throw to a teammate standing at 2nd base (I have a bucket there to drop the balls into), then go to the 2nd ball and do the same thing and on to the 3rd ball. The player at home starts running at the sound of "Go" and runs to 1st base and on to 2nd.

    7. The object of this game is to throw all three balls to the defensive player at 2nd base before the offensive player gets there.

    8. teaches making fast, accurate throws while under pressure.

  8. The Barney Bop

    1. need a chair and a large stuffed toy

    2. Start by placing "Barney" in the chair and if needed, prop him up to get him about 3-4 feet off the ground and place the chair with Barney straddling 1st base. Place a net behind the chair.

    3. divide your team up into two groups

    4. have them line up in two columns at the shortstop position. (or second for little ones)

    5. Hit a grounder to player 1 from team 1.

    6. She must cleanly field the ball and make a throw to 1st base trying to knock Barney out of the chair.

    7. If this is done, her team scores one point.

    8. Then the 1st player from Team 2 takes the next play and does the same thing.

    9. Do this until all of the players have had at least one turn.

    10. Can also set up out in the outfield and place the chair at 2nd base to teach a good throw to 2nd.

  9. Bunt Coverage

    1. This drill places the infielders in their primary positions and the outfielders on the base paths as runners.

    2. The coach will bunt a ball while a runner, starting at home, sprints to first base. A runner will also start on first base and try to advance to second base on each bunt.

    3. The purpose of the drill is to get an out, executing your bunt rotations. Focus on consistently getting the out at first base if you’re unable to force out the lead runner.

    4. The runner starting at first base needs to be aware of the situation at all times, sometimes trying to advance to third base to keep the infielders on their toes.

    5. The coach should also hit occasional grounders to the second baseman or shortstop to make sure they aren’t being lazy and moving to cover the bases before the ball is hit.