Glove, rubber cleats or tennis shoes, grey baseball pants
Arm back, knuckles up, overhand throw, follow through at the target
Teach the starting position for throwing, practice playing catch
Overhand throw and point to target with follow through
Glove up and throwing-hand up
Secure ball with throwing hand
“Ten fingers up “
Fielding – Teach kids each position
Ready position before every play
Knees bent, hands up, eyes on batter
Ready position, glove to the ground, stop the ball
“Scoop some dirt”
Make a throw to 1st base
Check to make sure 1st baseman is paying attention – Call out a name
Throw to 1st
Throw to Coach/pitcher
Hitting – stance, grip, elbows
Hit off tee first
Stance, knuckles, and swing
“Knocking knuckles” line up
2 ¼ diameter bat 10 oz. + - 2 oz.
Choke up if too heavy
Alligator Arms Drill
Using two hands to catch the ball is essential for younger players to learn. If you use something like Alligator arms (players like alligators), it will give them a better understanding of what is expected of them when they field a ball.
What you need: Gloves and balls
How this drill works:
Before the drill starts, explain to the young ball players the idea of how an alligator jaw works. Then show them how catching the ball, and fielding grounders work the same way. The ball is just like an alligator’s food, and they need to capture it with both hands. Have the players stand in a single file line in the fielding ready position. When you roll the ball, have them place their glove down in front of the ball, and explain to them that when the ball reaches their glove, the other hand should clamp down to secure the ball – just like alligator jaws – but only with their arms. You can do this with waist-high throws, and shoulder height throws as well.
Results: With this drill, the younger players will soon loon the importance of ‘feeding the alligator,’ so to speak. They will quickly learn the concept of securing the ball in their glove with two hands. This is especially helpful for younger players learning to field grounders properly.