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    I am sure everyone is always looking for fun good drills for both infield and outfield. I thought maybe we can share some here for everyone to see

    I will go first.

    One of my favorite games to play is called 25.

    you need a line of about 4 Infielders at 2nd and short

    put a first baseman at both 3rd and 1st. Hit balls to second they field and throw to 3rd. Complete the play smoothly and they get a point.

    Mess up lose a point.

    have a coach with a stop watch and they must complete the play in 4 seconds that way they cannot just take it real easy.

    Also have the person fielding it have his back to you and he turns around at the crack of the bat.


    Then repeat the hit to the SS they throw to First.



    first team to 25 wins Normally we are make the losing team have to rake the field or carry the gear or just laps

  • #2
    One I like is press your luck. Put most of the guys in the field and 2 or 3 hitting off of live pitching and running the bases. When guys get a hit, they go to the base they would normally stop at and then keep going (that's the press your luck part). The point is to work on tag plays, runs-downs, and throwing ahead of the runner. If the hitter got a double, then tried to stretch it into a triple, and is put out in a run-down then he goes back to 2B.

    I also like to teach my guys how to play Indian Ball. Here are the rules I have written up.

    - Indian Ball Rules

    This is great if you only have 3-6 guys at a practice. It also gives kids a game to play in their spare time.
    Hitting Coordinator for Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

    I also work with the pitchers who are dealing with injury problems.

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    • #3
      chris,
      I have tried that one and it worked well, That is one I have not used in a while I will have to dust it off

      the indian one looks interesting once again worth a shot.


      anyone else?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fgold68 View Post
        chris,
        I have tried that one and it worked well, That is one I have not used in a while I will have to dust it off
        My guys had a hard time getting run-downs. Press your luck gave them lots of time to practice it, in a situation that they took more seriously than a static drill, and seems to have made them better.
        Hitting Coordinator for Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

        I also work with the pitchers who are dealing with injury problems.

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        • #5
          i gave this thread 5 stars. Nice thread



          We have been doing a drill i saw on another site but cant recall where. We will split up into 2 teams of 5


          First group has catcher, 1b,2b,3b, and ss

          Catcher throws to 3b, 3b throws hard grounder to 2b, 2b turns DP with ss, 1b runs ball in to catcher position and throws to 3b and continue cycle until everyone plays each position

          Works on conditioning and throws from different positions. I have used stop watch to compare the two teams as well as count errors. Losers do push ups etc

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          • #6
            Originally posted by hawkiirock View Post
            i gave this thread 5 stars. Nice thread



            We have been doing a drill i saw on another site but cant recall where. We will split up into 2 teams of 5


            First group has catcher, 1b,2b,3b, and ss

            Catcher throws to 3b, 3b throws hard grounder to 2b, 2b turns DP with ss, 1b runs ball in to catcher position and throws to 3b and continue cycle until everyone plays each position

            Works on conditioning and throws from different positions. I have used stop watch to compare the two teams as well as count errors. Losers do push ups etc

            lol I just saw this drill in the past couple of days. I am putting it in next practice.

            Another drill we have done as a warm up is this.......


            a player at C 1 2 SS 3 and center

            the rest in left field

            coach hits a ball to SS

            SS throws to 3rd

            3rd starts a 5 4 3 double play.

            When 2nd base makes his catch and throw he drops his glove and heads for third in a full sprint like he was on 2nd and trying to score on a single

            First base now has the ball (at the end of the 5-4-3) he throws it to the catcher

            catcher fires the ball to 2nd base bag but nobody is covering

            ball goes to center and centerfielder charges, scoops and throws it home about the same time the runner is coming home.


            ROTATE.

            an extra player from left goes to center.
            center goes to 1st
            1st goes to C
            C goes to 3
            3 goes to SS
            SS goes to 2nd

            The person who was the runner/2nd baseman goes to left as an extra person.

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            • #7
              ohh , I like this thread. Too bad the only game I know is Pickle.

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              • #8
                Great thread.....would like to break the drills up into age specific groups.


                Since its my first year in t-ball, so here's a few simple drills that have worked for me so far.

                Hitting:
                Draw colored squares, circles, numbers on the balls. Have the player call it out before hitting. (eye on the ball). Coach say hit the 'red square' or number 8, etc.

                Catching a flyball:
                Soft toss with tennis balls; players catch in the FLY BALL TRAINER using “ALLIGATOR HANDS”.

                My 'advanced' FLY BALL TRAINER is a plastic milk jug with the bottom cut out. Its fun for the kids to try to get it in the jug. Now they are going after the ball instead of waiting for it to fall to the ground. Also, they need a top hand to cover the ball to keep it from bouncing out. Just make sure they hold the jug with their glove hand....I've had some kids want to hold the jug with their throwing hand

                Baserunning:
                Have each kid yell out the base name when they touch the base.


                These are simplistic, but those 5yr olds need that.

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                • #9
                  One I've found helpful with the younger players is to split them into 2 teams. One is in the field at SS, the other team is in a line behind home plate. The coach hits the ball to SS. If the player throws the runner out, he stays in (returning to the back of the line at SS) and the runner sits down. If the runner beats the throw, he stays in (returning to the back of the line at home plate) and the fielder sits down. The last team with a player remaining wins.

                  As their skills devolop, we'll split the fielding team in 2 and have 1/2 at SS, 1/2 at 1B and rotate them between the 2 positions.

                  This drill helps them understand the importance of charging the ball in the field, as well as running through the base. It also helps keep them from panicing in game situations, since they're used to fielding under pressure.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks chris Great contribution!!!

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                    • #11
                      Divide your team into three groups; SS, 1B and C

                      Coach (with a bucket of balls) hits a grounder to SS who then throws to first. 1B throws home to the catcher who then makes the throw to the SS covering second. SS puts the tag down and then throws the ball to a coach on the third base side of home plate who puts the ball into a bucket. After the round is complete the Catcher runs behind the coach on the third base side to the SS position. SS moves to 1B and the 1B goes to the Catcher position. This is a quick drill with lots of throwing and moving around. The kids have always seemed to like this drill. They all get to be a SS, 1B and a Catcher!
                      "Tip it and rip it" - In Memory of Dmac
                      "Hit the inside seam" - In Memory of Swingbuster

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Stealth View Post
                        Divide your team into three groups; SS, 1B and C

                        Coach (with a bucket of balls) hits a grounder to SS who then throws to first. 1B throws home to the catcher who then makes the throw to the SS covering second. SS puts the tag down and then throws the ball to a coach on the third base side of home plate who puts the ball into a bucket. After the round is complete the Catcher runs behind the coach on the third base side to the SS position. SS moves to 1B and the 1B goes to the Catcher position. This is a quick drill with lots of throwing and moving around. The kids have always seemed to like this drill. They all get to be a SS, 1B and a Catcher!

                        good one, simple quick and I bet they do like it

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