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    any favorites out there for 11 year olds practicing inside a gym. TIA

  • #2
    I like the hitta stick


    • #3
      There are hundreds of drills that you can do just to do them, which I have come to realize are a waste of time and can be counterproductive.

      Make sure that if you are doing a drill, that it emphasizes a certain part of the swing mechanics. This will be determined by whichever hitting philosophy you follow, or what you feel is important to the mechanics of the swing.
      The Magicman Principle

      "Always look until you find video that can be used to prove your point, and when all else fails, bash someone"


      • #4
        That is the point of my thread. To get a few good drills along with an explanation of what they accomplish. We dont have a cage or any hitting area. Just a small gym.

        So far we have worked on cutoffs, 4 corners, grounders, soft toss into the wall mat, Pitching balance, and bunting.

        I really dont know any other indoor drills and dont want the practices to get monotonous


        • #5
          You need to have drills that focus on the problem areas, or to teach a fundamental. Here are some things you can work on, in a small area.

          1. Lots and Lots of Glove and Fielding Work!!! Forehand/Backhand fielding, short hops, glove flips, underhand flips, Side flip throws, bare hand fielding, directional fielding-where they field going one way and have to stop to throw another direction.
          2. Applying tags, and position at the bags, throws coming from outfielders
          3. Work popups next to a wall, or a stage, so it feels like they are going toward a fence, they have to get to the fence and find it, then catch the ball
          4. Throwing on the run, to different areas
          5. Sliding on a piece of cardboard, diving if you have a mat
          6. Outfield work--Drop and Block, Do or Die, Angles to balls, proper footwork on the crossover step and tracking fly balls
          7. Baserunning skills
          8. Infield Position Work--Corners covering Bunts, Middle infielders working the double play, pitchers and catchers working on passed balls, pitchers and catchers working on bunt coverage, 2nd covering 1st on a bunt
          9. Rundowns between bases
          10. Bunting to spots, make batter tell you where they are going with bunt.
          11. Pepper--1 hitter and 3 tossers, bunt back to person who tossed you the ball
          12. Work on backing up plays with your outfielders
          13. Cover fly ball priorities with all your players in the different positions

          Make up lots of little challenging games that will create competition, and keep them interested.

          Any questions or if you want more generalized ideas, let me know. I have lots of tricks.

          The Magicman Principle

          "Always look until you find video that can be used to prove your point, and when all else fails, bash someone"


          • #6
            I found Nirvana in the late 60’s with this one particular drill and to this day on all levels of Batters from 5 to pro. This is truly an amazing drill and will make the biggest impact on your swing if you are trying to build an Elipticalinear swing path with backspin ball exit (The Classic Power Swing).

            “The Batters press”

            This Batting drill is a “ Sport specific” resistance compound exercise that can easily be adapted to all forms of exercise types like Isometric, Isotonic, Plyometric and Tempometric. It can be administered by machine or a human countervail.

            When performing this drill the batter should assume the “Classic power position” at middle plate, middle ball contact position. Emphysis should be made at perfecting the position of the Batters hands with the backside top hand in a flat wrested palm up position on the bat and the front side bottom hand and wrist in the palm down position. This position builds specific functional strength and puts you in the best anatomical force coupling position so that your most powerful articulation of the swing lets your hands work in concert with each other. The front side leg should be straight with the front foot turned in 22 1/2 degrees. The backside leg should be pivoted with the heal vertical.The Batter must also pay attention to their inward lean and inward head position with the head always over the backside shoulder!

            After the Batter assumes the position the partner steps up to the front of the Dish with their Barrel side Leg forward and their handle side leg braced to the back. The partner now puts his barrel side hand around the end of the barrel with the thumb on top and the fingers on the bottom held firmly. The partner puts their handle side hand on the handle end by putting the thumb on top of the Batters front side back of hand with the index and middle finger over and around the end of the knob of the bat. The partner will cause back feed resistance to the barrel in different exercise types with their barrel side arm.
            Partners should be prepared for a workout also although they have mechanical advantage.
            With exceptionally strong athletes a metal bar is preferable because of bat breakage.

            The exercise starts when the partner puts the barrel back towards the batters shoulder then
            the Batter starts to press (Force couple} the barrel forward by Ulna flexing the back side wrist and radial flexing the front side wrist. At this point you can perform many types of exercises at all or no length intervals from fully flexed to full extension. The partner just lets the bat travel toward their lead upper thigh.

            I used to run this drill just to teach that particular part of the swing for propreoseptive awareness when very young kids struggled with the swing mechanics and after they perform this drill its like magic how well they hit after that.
            I quit running this drill like I used to by doing it through the Batting routines and now do one set to exhaustion at the end of the session.

            Last edited by Dirtberry; 03-07-2008, 03:24 AM.
            Primum non nocere


            • #7
              thanks folks. I will have more time in just a bit to read over these suggestions. Much appreciated


              • #8
                cant beat good old soft toss for hitting and gradual long toss for throwing power and accuracy


                • #9
                  indoor baseball drills

                  Jason Giambi has an iphone app that show a pretty interesting drill. Basically emphasizing staying inside the ball during your swing.

                  indoor baseball drills
                  Art of Baseball


                  • #10
                    One of the best indoor drills is with a simple raquet ball. Take it and throw it against a wall and it bounces in all directions, its a great past time for infielders because you can bounce it to develop back hand grabs, on the run grabs, one handed grabs, over the shoulder, diving, and it just really develops hand eye skills. If a young kid was to do this drill for an hour two a couple times a week, its going to make a huge difference in his skill when he reaches high school.


                    • #11
                      Here's a few different drills we have used (in addition to some of the one mentioned above)...

                      Sharks and minnows that require you tag with a ball in the glove hand. Fun for warmup.
                      Pickle or monkey in the middle.
                      Get reaction balls (SKLZ) and practice bad hops.
                      Throwing contests for accuracy.
                      Pickup drill - we place 4 baseballs about 10 feet a part in a line for each boy (4 boys total). They race to the ball and make a throw back to a partner... repeat for each ball. First one done without a bad throw wins.

                      P.S. No bats allowed in our gym.


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