Fun exercises for children
Coaching baseball for kids can be tough – you have to contend with hot summer days, short attention span, and varying levels of ability. The key to kids’ baseball drills is to keep them fun so kids don’t realize they’re learning – they think they’re just playing! These drills for kids are designed to teach them the basics of baseball while keeping them excited about playing the game.
Hubba Bubba Ball
For this kids’ baseball drill, the coach needs an oversized plastic bat and balls – these can be found at most toy stores. The coach divides the team into defense and offense and acts as a full time pitcher.
Children play the game as they normally would, only because of the plastic ball, the defense does not need gloves. Hitters should focus on the free kicks and the correct pitch of the bat – the coach may want to place markers on either side of the plate so the kids can see where they need to go once they get a hit. The defense should focus on catching and throwing it with soft hands.
Beat the heat
This kids’ baseball drill teaches them how to pass and hit with water balloons. The coach will need to bring lots of water balls for training – around 100.
First, kids will practice passing by lining up on two relay lines with a large bucket at the end. The two lines compete against each other to see how many unbroken balloons they can get into the buckets in the fastest time moving from player to player. The distance between children when passing the balloons should be based on their age and ability level – or how hot it is outside!
Now the kids can practice hitting with the remaining balls. The children take turns at batting with the coach throwing water balloons at them. This exercise is great for kids who find it difficult to keep an eye on the ball and are hesitant to follow their swing as they don’t want to miss seeing the ball burst.
For this kids’ baseball drill, divide the team into groups of four and have them form a square with each player 10 paces apart. The drill begins with the first player rolling the ball towards the player to their right, who will catch the ball, rotate it and roll it towards the player to their right, who in turn will catch, rotate and roll, continuing around square.
The coach will then add another ball to the mix. Players will continue to roll, catch and pivot, but this time with two balls circulating simultaneously. Players should start calling the name of the person they’re passing to. Coach continues to add balls until there are four at the same time. Players can then switch to the soft throw of the ball.