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Broomstick Drill
Coach Kenny Buford, Knox College

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30 / 60 / 90 Knee Drill
Coach Kenny Buford, Knox College

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Baseball Pre Game – The Zip Drill

Coach Kenny Buford, Knox College

One of my favorite baseball pre game drills is what we call “the zip drill”.

When the players are done playing catch (warming up their arms) keep them where they are on the field. You will probably have about 6 on each side depending on your team size in right or left field depending on if your home or away.

Start the baseball on one end and “zip’ the ball back and forth working your way down the line to the other end then back again. Once they get good at it, do it that way twice. Then have the guys at the starting end once they have thrown, run to the other end as the whole group rotates, so now the whole team is throwing and rotating to the opposite end.

Try it; it’s fun and your players will be warmed up and ready to play!

Throwing Drills – The Chain Throw
Coach Kenny Buford, Knox College

One of my favorite baseball throwing drills is the Chain Throw. This drill focuses on throwing longer, throwing to the glove hand side, receiving the ball correctly, and receiving and throwing the ball in one fluid motion.

Line up your players, with four players to a line, stretching from one foul line to the other. Make three or four lines depending on how many players you have at practice.

The baseball starts at the left field line, is thrown to the player in left-center, then thrown to right-center, then to the right foul line and then the sequence is reversed. When the ball makes it all the way back to the left foul line, the player drops the ball and all of the players rotate up one position with the player who started on the left foul line running all the way to the right foul line.

Once all of the players have rotated through each position in the chain this drill is done.

Indoor Throwing Practice – Knock-Down

Coach Kenny Buford, Knox College

If you live in an area where you have to spend a great deal of time working out inside, you need several indoor baseball practice drills. This one is called Knock-Out.

We use a basketball gym and always end practice with the following:

  • The game is played the length of the gym.
  • We place two cones on each end of the gym about 20’ apart.
  • The players team up into pairs.
  • One team will get at each end of the gym, one team with a baseball.

The throwing team can only go slightly past their own “top of the key arch”.  They are to throw the ball at their opponents on one short bounce.  The defending players must do whatever is necessary to block the ball from going past them and between the two cones.

If they block it, they then become the throwing pair.  This keeps going  back and forth (like a tennis match) until one team throws it past their opponent or they throw it outside the two cones.  Losing pair moves out, the next pair of players move in.

Winning team keeps going until they get knocked out.  This can continue to go for as long as you like.  We usually have 15 minutes, but our players will always want to keep going.

This drill gets their competitive juices flowing and helps players practice to knock down the ball at all costs.

Coach Kenny Buford, Knox College

On the fun side of practice this is one of the baseball throwing drills we use often; we call it “21”. The kids love the drill especially as the score gets closer to 21.  We split the team up into two groups of 6 players.

The following is the same for both teams:

  • Place a “5” gallon bucket in the corners of the outfield fence.  You should have one in bucket in the 1st base foul line corner and one in the 3rd base foul line corner facing the center field.
  • Place one cone on each side of the bucket approximately 4 feet out along the fence.
  • Place two more cones approximately 60 feet away from the bucket toward center field side by side 4 feet apart.  This is point where the player that is doing the drill will start from.
  • Place another cone approximately 6 feet behind these two cones and this is where the rest of the team will line up.The coach stands to the left or right approximately 10 feet in front of the buckets and throws (or hit) baseballs toward the players doing the drill.

The player has to “charge the ball, field the ball with proper mechanics, crow hop to throw, point glove at target and follow through. (coach will assist in correct technique as needed).  While the 1st player was fielding the ball the next player in line would advance toward the set of two cones backing up the 1st player.

If the ball goes between the cones team gets one point, if it goes in the bucket the team gets points.  All techniques have to be correct in order to be awarded the point.  Every time one of the team scored a point the team and coach would shout it out to the other team to add a little pressure to the drill.

After the one of the teams reached 11 points we change up grounders to fly balls.  The ball had to be caught in order for the point to be awarded.

At one point they would rush to just throw the ball quickly to win but they found out that they had to focus and do all the mechanics right including the crow hop to get the ball to roll all the way to the bucket.

It is good to see the kids have so much fun while they were improving their throwing technique. All the kids are brought together and the two teams congratulate each other simulating the end of a game to show class from the winning team and grace from the losing team.

This is a win-win drill!