Little League Hitting Drills

 

Little League Hitting Drills sometimes requires the coach to be creative in order to break up the monotony of BP and a normal practice. Here’s some ideas which can be used not only for hitting, but also for some fielding techniques.

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 Hitting Drills

Balloons: Great Drill for Developing Soft Hands

This is a good idea, although possibly a little bit of work for the coach, for those in the middle of summer 100 degree days of practice. Ever consider using balloons in your fielding and hitting drills for younger players?

(1.) Fill a package (75-100) balloons with water creating a ball no bigger than a softball. Spend a little extra money to buy the better quality balloons as they are much easier to fill and tie and won’t break as quickly;

(2.) Divide the team and position them in 2 lines facing each other @ 5’-6’ apart;

(3.) Begin at one end and have the players soft toss the water balloons across the line to their counterpart, cris crossing and rotating as you go down the line;

(4.) If a player breaks the balloon trying to catch it, he’s eliminated.

(5.) The idea is to be the last player left without breaking a water balloon.

Having issues with hitters not following through with their swings? This drill will quickly solve the problem.

Little League Hitting Drills

(1.) Depending on the number of water balloons you have, (try to have at least 4 per hitter) the coach soft tosses the water balloons to the hitters.

(2.) The hitters will have laser focus on the balloon because they know if they miss it it’ll break when it hits the ground and all the players want to experience the huge water explosion when the bat hits the balloon.

(3.) If you have hitters which are failing to follow through with their swing, this will cure it, because they want to create a water explosion just like everyone else.

Bunting For Dollars:

Want to motivate a player of any age to perform a drill to the best of their ability? Motivate, or bribe if you will, them with a universal motivator … money.

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Little League Hitting Drills

(1.) When performing bunting drills, the skill drills designed to teach ball placement, such as on a sacrifice bunt, instead of using a glove or other innate object to aim for, place $1 bills where you want the ball bunted to.

(2.) Depending on how generous you’re feeling that day, place 3-5 dollar bills in a fan design, strategically placed from foul line to foul line.

(3.) Go through the entire line up with the bunting drill;

(4.) The player who hits the dollar bill with a bunted ball, gets to keep the money. If more than 1 player’s bunted ball hits the dollar, the ball which stopped closest to the dollar wins.

(5.) Actual money can be substituted with packages of baseball cards.

Hitting for Rewards

Sometimes no matter how well intention a player can be coached in a wrong method. One such problem which is extremely common is players being told to roll their wrist over as they swing the bat and make contact with the ball. I won’t get into all the technicalities which make this wrist roll wrong except to say … “It results in the hitter hitting a lot of fly balls.”

Swing Down On The Ball

Little League Hitting Drills

Depending on which set of statistics you want to quote, it’s a proven fact fly balls result in being outs 3 to 4 times more than ground balls. Based on these results it’s obvious a hitter should want to hit the ball either on the ground or on a sinking line drive in order to enhance their chances of reaching base safely.

Again, using the reward system of a package of baseball cards etc.

(1.) Using a batting tee and a bucket of baseballs, you can soft toss the drill, but using the batting tee results in a truer analyst of the batter’s swing;

(2.) Going through the entire line-up have each player take 10 swings;

(3.) Balls hit hard on the ground count as 1 point;

(4.) Balls hit hard on a line drive count as 1 point;

(5.) Balls hit into the air are a minus 1 point;

(6.) The batter with the most points at the end of the drill wins the reward.

(7.) If there is a tie between players, have these players have a hit off using 5 swings each.

(8.) Depending on you, the coach, you can continue until there’s only 1 hitter or reward the top 3 or 4. However you want to do it.

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