Coaching Youth baseball is full of excitement, and sometimes we as coaches, have some lows. But one thing is for sure, if you don’t give your youth baseball players a good solid foundation in Baseball. They will never grow to the next level. That is what each of our goals should be as coaches. To help improve the skills and knowledge of baseball for our little Ball players. Never worry about accolades, and never yell at your youth baseball players.(How would you liked to be yelled at about a Game?) You should only motivate and teach proper mechanics of baseball. If you stick to that rule of thumb your youth baseball team will do just fine, I promise.
Here in this post I will cover three basic youth pitching drills you should incorporate into your practices. Video clips were provided by yougoprobaseball.com
The Balance DRILL
This is a really simple drill you can do at practice every day. As well as, you can send this drill home with your players to drill in their spare time. The Balance drill is real simple. you just stand like your at the rubber. As if your going to pitch from the stretch. You lift your lead leg like your about to throw a pitch and just balance. That’s right you stand and try to balance for as long, as you can.
The Ball Pick UP Drill
It is basically another balance drill. Here is what you have your youth pitcher do. You have him go through with a pitching follow through. As the back leg kicks and he bends forwards to deliver the pitch. You have the baseball out in front of youth pitcher just bit. That way he has to reach down and pick up the baseball with his bare hand. The main goal here is to stay balanced. I know simple right.
So one thing you can do is incorporate both drills into one. Here watch this.
The Wall Drill
This is where you have your youth pitcher stand against the wall. Then go into their wind up, and then only have them lead with their butt. Only their butt should be making contact with the wall. No Knee, No Foot, No shoulder, Just butt hitting the wall.
KEEP It Basic
When coaching youth baseball players. Please Keep in mind these are just children trying to have a good time playing one the best sports ever. So, I ask you please to keep it basic with your youth ball players. Especially when it comes to teaching pitching to youth. Youth baseball pitchers should only have a max of three pitches they should throw from the mound. Those pitches are 4 seam fastball, 2 seam fastball, and a change up. Never, I mean never teach youth ball players the curveball or the slider. Their elbows are not developed enough for that kind of pitch yet. The curve and other specialty type pitches should not be throwing by a pitcher until his body has fully matured and grows strong. If you start youth pitchers out to young with a curve ball, I guarantee you will ruin their arm before they even finish High School.
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