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| 12 min watch
By age 7 or 8, young baseball players have a bit more coordination, and coaches can start to go beyond the basics of how to catch, throw, field, hit and run the bases. Game-like situations help young players think on their feet, and to communicate and collaborate with each other. Baseball is a team sport, after all.
These 10 drills, games and activities are great ways to develop youth baseball players. Just remember, in this age group, kids are all over the place as far as skills go. Some can barely play catch. Make sure they’ve got their fundamentals, first, with a few basic throwing drills, hitting drills and fielding drills, and then feel free to modify these games and activities for more success.
Mind the Gap
Outfielders make themselves heard while tracking fly balls in this game.
There’s no telling where fly balls might land in this game.
Batters work on hitting for contact in this classic game.
Right on Target
Pitchers practice control within the strike zone in this drill.
In this game, players sharpen their throwing accuracy.
Keep your eyes on the ball… both of them!
In this game, pitchers refine their accuracy and control.
Soft Toss Slugging
Help players dial in on their hitting mechanics.
In this game, outfielders practice cutting runners down at the plate.
Fielders practice catching fly balls at each position (without the pressure of the actual game).