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Baseball practice drills have to focus on teaching baseball fundamentals. Basic fielding fundamentals include practicing the routine plays over and over.
Coaching youth baseball successfully involves implementing baseball drills that repeat fielding and throwing in every day strategies. Since making the routine play is so important it makes common sense in running practice to spend the majority of time practicing the plays that happen the most.
The professionals use baseball practice drills for the routine defense plays in spring training every season. Forget wasting time and energy on trick plays and pick-offs that you rarely need or are high risk for making mistakes on.
Typically the youth sports coach will have a player in each position in the outfield and infield. The amateur coaches will fungo to each player randomly one at time. The ball is returned to the coach and the strategy is repeated.
Problem: Too slow and practice time is wasted. Players are not getting enough practice turns.
Begin with the infielders all at the second baseman position. Have at least one or two players playing first base.
Equipment List: a large empty five gallon bucket at 1B and a five gallon bucket full of baseballs at homeplate area (Preferably three dozen or more baseballs).
This is a pretty fast paced defensive baseball practice drill. If a player bobbles the ball give them instruction by telling them they can pick the ball up quickly and still have a chance to throw out the runner then let him finish the play.
If the ball gets by them,, they miss it, or kicks it too far away have the player roll the ball back to the shagger and get back in line. It is important to keep the rapid fire pace going so the players get lots of repetitions yet look out for the players' safety.
Coaching Side NOTES: Put the lefty players at 1B. If the right-handed players also play other infield positions then rotate them in and out of 1B so they all get groundball fielding practice. The lefty players will get a defensive turn fielding and throwing to 2B after the doubleplay round.
PART 2 Rapid-Fire Fungo Drill for Infielders (All Players)
For Part II and learn more baseball practice drills, strategies and coaching fundamental options using the 15 minute Rapid Fire Defensive Drill. Go to Part II of Baseball Practice Drills Rapid Fire
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