One of the greatest baseball coaching tools I’ve found in coaching young players is a Mini-Diamond. As a coach, it allows you to take any drill where the focus is not a full, overhand throw and convert it into something that can help get more quality repetitions in during practice. This is likely something that you will find referenced throughout drills across the site.
So what is a Mini-Diamond? Simple is a 20-25 foot diamond. Think of something like the photo below. (more…)
When talking with other coaches or parents about some of the routines that my teams have there’s usually a few things that are guaranteed to get a strange look. One of those is when I tell them that I don’t allow throwing before practice. The next question is obviously “Why?”.
What I Saw That Drove Me Crazy
Go to just about any youth baseball practice, at least on the recreational level, and what you’ll see before practice goes something like this: (more…)
How many of us have gone down the rabbit trail of YouTube videos of hitting and throwing drills trying to fix the mechanics of one of our players? I know I have. You’ve worked with young players for months on their load or hands or arm slot and you’re sure the next video will be the one that will do the trick…
I’m here to tell you that when it comes to young players (from the time they start up to 12 years old), the only words you as a coach or parent need to provide your child as instruction are hit it/throw it…“AS HARD AS YOU CAN”.
To some this is heresy, but for me this is a principle that is the foundation of how I teach the kids I work with, including my own boys. If you’ve been around our site long you’ll hear me talk a lot about this topic. I originally was introduced to the concept of intent when I stumbled (more…)