Use Youth Baseball Drills to develop players’ understanding, skills, and love for the game. The activities presented will help you make each practice more educational and fun.
This handy coaching tool contains a variety of both tried-and-true and innovative drills that build on and reinforce your technique and tactic instruction of 7- to 12-year-olds. Drills are easily located by topic in the seven chapters, and they progress in difficulty so that you can choose the most appropriate ones for your players’ abilities in each facet of the game. And, because attention spans are short at those ages, each drill is designed to maximize the number of players involved on the field.
Helpful tips throughout the book make on-field practice, organization, and time management much easier. Youth Baseball Drills is your guide to fun, productive practices so that your players get the best possible experience playing the sport.
Chapter 1. Throwing Drills
Chapter 2. Fielding Drills
Chapter 3. Hitting Drills
Chapter 4. Pitching Drills
Chapter 5. Base Running Drills
Chapter 6. Game Situation Drills
Chapter 7. Warm-up and Cool-down Games
Chapter 8. Sample Practices
Coach Marty Schupak is the founder and president of the Youth Sports Club, a group dedicated to improving little league coaching and youth baseball. His Web site, www.youthsportsclub.com, has become one of the most frequented resources for youth coaches and parents.
Over the past 15 years, Schupak has managed or coached more than 1,200 kids in youth athletics with teams winning over 200 games and a host of championships. Many of his former players and students have gone on to successful high school baseball careers and athletic college scholarships. In addition to coaching baseball, Schupak has coached children in basketball and soccer. He has served on different leagues' boards of directors, including the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Schupak has written numerous articles on youth sports and developed the best-selling baseball video The 59 Minute Baseball Practice as well as Backyard Baseball Drills, Winning Baseball Strategies, 48 Championship Basketball Drills, Pitching Drills & Techniques, and Championship Soccer Drills. He received a bachelor's degree from Boston University in 1975 and a master's degree in physical education from Arizona State University in 1978. Schupak lives in Valley Cottage, New York.
"Marty Schupak is one of the foremost authorities on teaching the fundamentals of baseball to kids, and has proven it in Youth Baseball Drills. Coach Schupak knows kids, he knows baseball, and he communicates in a clear, easy-to-understand style."