Free Baseball Practice Drills

 

Sonntag Sports Management is pleased to provide the Free Baseball Drill Program to amateur Baseball coaches

These baseball activity cards will be an invaluable resource for you planning your practices. Each activity is designed to help young athletes improve their baseball skills and athletic literacy, making the game of baseball more enjoyable. Links to the left load up the full series of activity cards. These cards have been developed through work of a Long Term Athlete Development program.

You can upload your own recommended baseball drills here including a picture or diagram and a written description.

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Run Through First
Baserunning
Home to 1st Base
Many young players do not know it is okay to run through first base. Help them learn with an easy drill. Position a coach in the 1st base batters box, several steps past the base.
  • A. Players start at home an simulate a swing, without a bat (for safety reasons).
  • B. Players run at full speed down the outside edge of the baseline aiming at the right side of the bag.
  • C. After crossing 1st base, player look to their right. The coach then holds up fingers on a hand and the players yell the number after they have crossed the base.
Players should always look to their right so that they can spot a passed ball.


4 Base Runners
Baserunning
Rounding Bases
Four lines are set up, one at each of the bases.
Home Plate The player at home plate is the starter. He will take an imaginary swing. He then proceeds to first base, taking a wide turn as if he hit it to the outfield. He runs as hard as he could and touches the inside of first base. He then goes back to the first base and gets in the line.
First Base: On the swing from the starter, he takes a secondary lead and goes from first to third, touching the inside of second base. He then goes back to second base and gets in line.
Second Base: On the swing from the starter, he takes his secondary lead and goes second to home, touching the inside of third base thereby cutting his turn as much as possible.
Third Base: After the swing, he goes back to the base to tag up from third base.
After each player has completed his turn at each base, the team gathers at home plate for an inside the park home run. Proper turns are stressed at each base.


stay, slide or come to 3rd.
Baserunning
finding the 3rd base coach & his
Have a 3rd base coach ready. The runner at home simulates a hit. The imaginary 1st base coach has given the sign to go to 2nd. Once the runner passes 1st base, he looks right to see how the play was handled & if he needs to slide or stand-up at 2nd. Then he looks to the 3rd base coach for instructions either to stay at 2nd or go to 3rd. The coach/team assigns hand signals for various run actions (ex. slide, stand or come on). Change the play up from runner to runner.