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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Little League Batting Practice Efficiency: Getting Maximum Reps!

For t-ball coaches who will continue coaching, here is an article to help you organize your batting practices. The concepts can and should also be used in t-ball.

In my twenty five years of coaching youth baseball, I am always looking for the most efficient practice methods for every aspect of baseball. It took me only a few years to realize that most youth baseball coaches and myself were running batting practice, not incorrectly, but not efficiently. From what I have seen with the typical batting practice, a coach will pitch a predetermined number of balls for each batter with the fielders fielding the hit balls and throwing them to first base. Usually the coach will yell something like “run the last one out”, and the batter does just that. If the ball is an infield hit, they try to throw him out at first. If it is hit into the outfield, he usually runs until he is thrown out. This is all well and good intentioned, but it is wasting valuable time when a coach wants to run an efficient practice.

Here is the most efficient way of running a batting practice that I’ve come up with. First of all, let me say this. Batting practice is just what it is, batting practice. Batting practice is not fielding practice or base running practice. So all youth coaches and parents should really define what a youth batting practice is and what they want to get out of it.

Most of my youth practices do not run more than one hour. Every minute of wasted time will affect all other aspects and time of any other drills or techniques I want to accomplish. The first thing a coach needs to have is an over abundance of baseballs. The league will provide baseballs but I always make sure I purchase a few dozen extras. I try to work with three-dozen and keep an extra dozen in my trunk. And don’t think I’m not frugal accounting for every baseball at the end of practice. I try to make sure we find each one, and after practice, we comb the field to make sure we got them all. Usually we find extras and end up with more than what we started with.

Now, here is the actual logistics and set up that I do about 95% of the time I run batting practice. I’m a big proponent of bunting. I set up two cones on the third base line, about six feet apart,
approximately where the bunt is suppose to go. I set up two empty buckets, one about three feet behind second base and the other one at the far base of the mound toward second. I have another bucket with the baseballs on the mound easily accessible to me. Now, this is a key. As a youth coach who wants a well-run practice and a lot of repetitions for the kids, I move up almost to the front base of the mound to pitch. I do this mainly so I can throw strikes consistently. For safety purposes, an “L” screen would be required from a
shorter distance for safety. If your league doesn’t have any, make them get them. 
I have the first person up at bat with the 2nd and 3rd player ready to go. I have the 3rd hitter (or double on deck hitter) on the outside of the screen hitting balls on a batting tee using
pickle balls (plastic) or whiffle balls with another parent feeding the balls on the tee. I always have the number 2, or on deck hitter, ready to hit. The batter bunts the first to pitches. For each successful bunt, the player receives an extra swing. I usually give a player five swings besides his two bunts. So if a player lays one bunt between the cones, he get six regular swings. If he lays both bunts between the cones, he gets seven swings (the maximum per hitter). 

Now, there are certain things that have to happen to make this work. Remember there are two buckets strategically located. After the bunts, when the hitter swings away, wherever the ball is hit, the fielder tosses it into the bucket closet to him. If it is hit to the outfield, he will throw the ball as close to the bucket behind
second base. If he hits it to the infield, the fielder will toss it to the
bucket behind the pitcher’s mound. Reinforce to the players that they must toss 
to the bucket on one or two bounces or they will tend to play basketball with the baseball and bucket.Now the point here is that the fielders do not make a play to first and the hitter does not run the last one out. We get more repetitions in a short period of time. The players are always facing the hitter. One might ask, isn’t this boring for most of the players in the field?
Well, not really. Because of the amount of balls hit in a short period of time, the ball is usually hit all over the place. And the coach throwing batting practice will keep one or two extra balls in his glove and is ready to pitch the next ball right away. When out of baseballs, have the players in the infield hustle to gather up the balls, combine buckets, and we’re ready to go again. This works great!

Batting practice is a favorite of any baseball player at almost every level. Do not deny batting practice at any practice. And always look for the most efficient, safest procedure to help
enhance your whole practice.



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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Practicing When No Field Is Available

How many times do we as coaches call for a practice, meet the team at the field, only to find one team practicing and one or more other teams waiting to practice? When I first started coaching, this always seemed to happen to me. Part of the reason was because our league at the time was in a little bit of administrative disarray and there would be a lot of misinformation about which fields we were allowed to use for practice. Part of it would be my fault, not really being creative or talking to the coach who was already using the field. The first few times I would go to a field and find another team there, I would feel helpless. I once took everyone to another field with my two coaches only to find the same situation there. I knew there had to be alternatives. I learned that after coaching all these years coaches can take a negative and turn it into a positive. I made up my mind to be prepared and plan two practices; one for a field and one without a field, in particular for a parking lot. This may sound difficult to plan, but not only is it possible, I advise every youth coach to run at least one parking lot practice every year, even if they don’t have to. It is good for coaches to be flexible and creative. Showing young players this creativity and flexibility can be a very positive influence. Some of my best baseball practices have been done in a parking lot. The biggest difference is the balls used. I always have a few soft covered balls available and some pre-planned drills for a hard surface. Of course when I say running a parking lot practice, I’m not talking about the busy mall in the middle of your county or high school parking lot when a basketball game is going on and the cars are constantly going in and out. I’m talking about parking lot practices when the traffic is safe to do so, such as the parking lot that services your town pool before it is open for the season or the state park before they become really busy. You can pick an isolated area in the corner.
I always keep a set of rubber flop down flat bases in my trunk. I use these when I want an extra set of bases for the field and they are perfect for parking lot practices. There are certain things you can and cannot do. Obviously there is no sliding. You can have a lot of different baserunning drills and throwing drills. You can do many of the drills and skills you would do on a regular field but you must pick and choose according to the safety of the drill. You have to analyze if a drill on a hard surface will increase the chances for potential injuries. At the beginning of the season during our parents meeting, I always ask parents to put an extra pair of old sneakers in a bag in their son’s equipment bag just for this purpose.
Regular batting practice with even soft covered balls is difficult in a parking lot but is very doable if you use the right kind of balls. I will use Pickle Balls, which are hard durable plastic balls. Even with these balls, players should use their gloves.
You can set up some great bunting competition games. We would divide the team in half and set up two cones. Each team goes through the batting order and sees how many they can bunt between the cones.
If there is a concrete wall nearby, you can use rag balls which are rags covered with masking tape, for the soft toss. We even made up a game against the wall using these rag balls. We would draw two squares with chalk on the wall, one small inside a large one. If the batter hits the rag ball inside the large square, it is a single. If he hits the rag ball inside the small square, it is a home run. Everywhere else it is an out.

Your coaching creativity DNA will come to life for some of these parking lot practices. Don’t be surprised if you create a new game on the hard surface that you will then use on the regular field as part of your repertoire. 
I also learned a great lesson that ends up paying dividends down the road. If another coach arrives at the field with his team after I begin my practice like what happened to me, I always make it a point to stop my practice and go over and talk to the other coach. The last time this happened, the other coach, who was a new coach, was shocked. I went over to him and began talking right away, showing flexibility. 

“Coach, I’m sorry we’re using the whole field. If you give me ten more minutes, I can squeeze into one area of the field and accomplish what I have to after this drill. How much room do you need?”
He looked at me in disbelief. There I was, a coach of twenty-one years, apologizing to a first year coach for taking the whole field even though I had every right to use it. Well we worked it out and both ran our practices. Of course my experience was an advantage, being able work in a smaller area. How do you think that coach is going to act in four or five years when he is on the field and another team shows up to use it?  I promise, if you have been coaching in your league a long time and do this it will carry over to most of the coaches. But don’t look for any credit, just do it because it is the right thing to do.
The main idea when running a parking lot practice is to be creative. Safety precautions must be a priority. Some of my best practices have taken place in parking lots and backyards. Don't call off practice just because someone is using the field. Come prepared and have a few extra props. Show your players they can learn almost anywhere and have fun!


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Thursday, July 4, 2019

T-Ball Tip :Baseball Creativity In Your Own Backyard

 Every family cannot afford the latest and greatest products (and gimmicks). But the old saying that 'the best things in life are free' can also hold true in sports. Before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a deluxe glove or equipment to help your kids learn a level swing, you should look around your house and see what you can create, cheaply, that will help your kids improve their skills--and still have fun.
When I was a kid growing up, some of my best memories were throwing around the baseball with my older brother in our backyard. Using our imaginations, we used almost every tree and rock in our yard to create fantasy sports and games.
One of our favorite games was something we called 'error'. One of us would throw a tennis ball on the roof of our house--within an imaginary twenty foot boundary--and the other would have to catch the ball before it hit the ground. We spent endless hours playing this game. Other than some yelling from my parents (something about too many balls being stuck in the gutter), this game still sticks in my mind as providing some of the most fun in my childhood.
Flash forward twenty-five years, I found myself with my kids creating similar games in our backyard (with my own gutter lurking nearby), most combined fun with affordability. We made use of almost every part of our property.
Instead of spending over a hundred dollars on a hitting net, we put together a comparable apparatus using a 10x14 plastic tarp along with some bicycle hooks, rope, and two adjacent trees. We had fun putting it up. The boys would hit balls into the tarp as I did my best impression of a big league hitting coach giving tips.
Drills such as hitting off the batting tee and soft toss worked out great, too, with the tarp as backstop, but wacky games were also plentiful. We created a game right on the tarp, putting two squares, one inside the other made out of duct tape. This game we called 'toss ball home run derby'. Doing the soft toss drill against the tarp, a ball hit inside the small square would be a home run. A ball hit inside the large square would be a single. Everything else was an out. Three outs a team. This game combined skill building and having fun.
I have been inventing games for years. One of the first things I did with both my sons as soon as they were old enough to hold a bat was get one of those large red plastic Wiffle ball bats. I then bought a bottle of soap bubbles that all kids love. I would blow the bubbles and have my son hit them with the big red bat. We would run up and down the backyard as he chased the bubbles down and tried to break them. I encouraged him to keep both hands on the bat as he swung, but if he didn't, so what, he was having fun.

Another game my kids loved when they got a little older was called the 'dive game'. I found a nice soft patch of thick grass in my backyard and I would throw ground balls to either their left or right side, and they would have to dive in front of the ball to stop it. I tried teaching them that the goal was to just stop the ball--like a hockey or soccer goalie--and not necessarily catch it. But it was amazing how much effort they put into trying to catch the ball. Aside from explaining the grass stains to their mother, this game was a real hit with them, and I even caught them playing it without me a few times, which made me feel great.
Another favorite involved a few tennis balls, a tennis racquet, and a cinder block. Laying the cinder block flat, we created a simple version of 'Home Run Derby'. Standing next to one of my kids as he held the tennis racquet ready to swing it like a bat, I would bounce the ball high off the cinder block. With the ball on the way down, he would time it and hit it as far as he could. Both my kids could not get enough of this game. We were lucky that our backyard was fairly large, but some of the tennis balls did travel into our neighbor's yard. The real beauty of this game is that hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racquet almost guarantees success for the young ballplayer.
Families who live in the inner city can also make use of a lot of what's around them. I remember as a child going to visit my grandparents in Brooklyn, New York. My uncle would take my brothers and me to the back of the building and play numerous games off the huge concrete wall. 'Toss ball home run derby' can be played off a wall, as well as a tarp, with the two squares made out of chalk.
Another game that we played that was made popular just after World War 2 was called 'stoop ball'. In this game, we would throw a ball off the stoop (or concrete steps) and see if the other team would catch it before it bounced on the ground. One bounce would be a single; two bounces a double, and so on. Inner city kids who have limited room can still find just enough space to play for hours on end if creative and have a love for the game. 
In the youth sports society today, I maintain that we have so many teams and leagues and so much structure, we are not giving kids enough chance to use their imagination, either in their own backyard or their own street. A lot of what kids can invent themselves can be executed with little or no expense.
Practicing baseball or any other sport does not need to cost a fortune. And it doesn't have to be all boring instruction, whether it is on a practice field with twelve kids or in your own backyard with just you and your son or daughter. Keep it cheap, if you can, and keep it fun.
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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Baserunning, Baseball’s 10th Man:Get 1-2 Extra Runs Each Game!

  T-Ball coaches moving up should consider the importance of baserunning. I promise if you organize your practices and include baserunning drills, your team has a chance to get 1-2 extra runs each and every game.  Here is an article I published on the subject.    

  I have some great news for all youth baseball coaches who feel they have a weak team and still want to be competitive. Here it is. Baserunning. Hardly anyone practices this underrated skill. I started paying more attention to it within my first few years of coaching. When a rival coach in the minors (9-10 years old) was using some strategies that really threw me and our team off. I went to this coach’s next few games just to watch the way he coached his team. I started to use some of his techniques and developed them into my own strategies over the years. I learned and created numerous baserunning drills that have become a regular part of my practices. And something amazing happened. I saw that if I practiced baserunning, there was a residual effect. Players as young as 9 or 10 were much more focused on the base paths. Even between pitches, their heads seemed to wander less than my earlier teams before we practiced baserunning. Too often in youth baseball we see coaches explaining from the coaching box what to do in different base running scenarios. It’s all too common to see a coach yelling instructions to a player on second base such as “Johnny, if the ball is hit to the right side of the infield, run to third right away. If the ball is hit to the left side of the infield, don’t run until the fielder throws the ball to first base.” These tips are usually correct but they are also situations that can very easily be discussed in practice. I tell coaches all the time that having the young players experience the situation is much better than just explaining it to them when it occurs on the field. The one base running technique that I urge all youth coaches to teach and reinforce is to have their players slide almost all of the time at bases other than first base. Even when there is a close play and the player knows he is going to be out, teach him to slide. The sliding might disrupt the fielders or help break up a double play-something that is not too frequent on the youth level but is fundamentally good, sound baseball. Teams that have a reputation of sliding almost all the time will also force the opposing team to rush the play and can cause errors on plays that would otherwise have been made. And trust me, no matter how much you practice this and try to reinforce it, players on the youth level will still forget to slide. I used to get incredibly frustrated when this would happen. I learned it is something we coaches have to accept. It is just human nature for 9 ,10, 11 and 12 year old kids to not only forget to slide, but other basics that we keep repeating.
            Coaches need to remember that their fastest base runner is not necessarily the best baserunner. Some young players will just gravitate to being aggressive, instinctive base runners. I see this all the time where a player with average speed will just excel at base running. Explain and encourage your players to study high school, college or professional teams and to take a little time to observe the runners that are on base. Encourage them to focus on the runner and not the pitcher or batter to see how they approach baserunning and how they react after each pitch. This is an important point for families that watch a lot of baseball on television. The TV is usually always focused on the pitcher and hitter.  When you are at a live game, you get to see the whole field and have the benefit of watching the players on base go from their initial lead to their secondary lead.  It is especially good to study this when there is more than one player on base.
            There are numerous baserunning drills that teams can practice. One drill we practice is called “Bounce and Run.”  This drill helps condition the players on what to do if they are on either second or third, with less than two out, and a ground ball is hit to the left side of the infield. We want the runner to advance to the next base by first bouncing off the base as the ball is hit and then running when the fielder releases the ball. The drill is set up like this: The players (as base runners) line up at second.  I have a shortstop and third baseman and have a coach play first base. Another coach stands at home plate and hits a ground ball to either the shortstop or third baseman. The runner at second will bounce off the base and, once the fielder lets go of the ball on his throw to first, puts his head down and sprints to third. The next base runner in line starts again at second. The player who is now on third will also be the runner on the next ground ball. The player who is on third goes home, then goes back to the end of the line at second. A couple of teaching points and things to remember. Teach the base runners that if they are on second and the ground ball is hit to third, they can bounce off further than a ball hit to the shortstop. The same thing goes for the runner at third. If the ball is hit to shortstop they can bounce off further than if it was hit to the third baseman. Another teaching point is that in games the baserunner at third should always slide when he runs to home. There should not even be a question about it. Also in this drill have a signal with the fielders like scratching your head so this signals the fielder to fake the throw and catch the runner off the base. This is very effective and the base runners learn from this if they are tagged out.

            I highly recommend that youth coaches spend time going over baserunning.
1)  Coaches should put aside 10-15 minutes of every practice to go over a different aspect of base running.
2)  Make it a habit for every baserunner to aggressively bounce off the base on each pitch.
3) Allow even the slowest player on the team the opportunity to steal a base in a game.
4) Teach players to read the pitch or follow it on its flight home when on base to anticipate possible wild throws or passed balls to advance a base. Also, teach the runner to follow the path of the baseball when the catcher throws it back to the pitcher.
5)  Players should always slide into the base (except first) on a steal, force play, close play or a play at home because it is sound fundamental baseball and sliding may help create defensive blunders.
6)  Encourage your players to watch the base runners carefully when at baseball games at a higher lever. Point out how players touch the base and make turns on extra base hits or going from first to third or second to home. Show them the difference between a regular lead and secondary lead.
    Baserunning is a part of baseball that does not get a lot of attention in practice. The best baserunning teams are those that drill their players in practice. Drill your team in base running and you will actually see how it can become your tenth man on the team and you will be happy with the benefits.


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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

T-Ball Tip: One Bounce, Two Bounce

This is a great drill on a blacktop when a field is not readily available or just for fun. It can also be done in some driveways or in the backyard against a house or even in the inner city.
A coach will throw a tennis ball against a wall and yell out a number of bounces the tennis ball must take before the player can catch it. If the coach yells out, “One bounce,” the player must catch the ball after only one bounce. In these cases, he must rush in to make the catch. If the coach says, “Three bounces,” the player should backpedal, allowing for the tennis ball to bounce three times before making the catch. 
This is one of those drills that the development of the child will determine if he can do it. There will be a big differential for t-ball players in ability and age. T-Ballers 6 years old will be more successful at this drill than 5 year old players with all things being equal. An alternate is instead of catching the ball, they have to block it with their glove or body or just swat it away using their glove. This way we are simplifying the way success can be achieved so that most players will be successful at this.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Four Things Coaches Should Practice But Don't!

For t-ball, the season is ending for coaches, parents and players. Some coaches may have been turned off with their first coaching experience and they are one and done. Others cannot wait to move up to the next level and put their coaching prowess to work. I want those coaches to consider the following article and make sure they file it away. If they follow the principles, they will become better coaches!

It is amazing how youth baseball teams, as well as older and more competitive organized leagues, do not practice many of the basic fundamental aspects of the game. From my standpoint, the reason I practice certain things other coaches may not is because I’ve been burned by other teams and have lost games and championships because of it. In my 25 years of coaching youth baseball, the list of things that should be practiced is long, but some situations come up over and over again.

Here are four of them:

1)    Pitchers not practicing fielding: This issue is incredible to me, although it took a few years before I started to have my pitchers practice fielding. When youth baseball teams practice fielding, usually it will include every position but the pitcher. Youth baseball coaches need to put pitchers on the mound in practice and include them in fielding drills. Coaches also need to rotate the pitchers.  Have the pitcher go through his pitching motion without the ball. The coach then throws or hits a baseball to him, and not always right at him. It can be to the left, center, and right of the pitcher. Coaches can also put one or more runners on base and declare how many outs there are and continue hitting to the pitcher, forcing him to decide on the spot which base to throw the ball to depending on the situation. The pitcher should also be accustomed to knocking the ball down, instead of fielding it cleanly, so he knows how much time he has to re-establish himself and complete the play without panic. The drills work and also get pitchers familiar with game situations.

2)    Catching a foul ball near a fence: I swear I’m the only one in my league who takes this seriously, probably because I’ve seen more catchable foul balls hit the ground than any team in my league. The scenario usually starts with a pop fly just foul of first base. The ball moves deeper into foul territory. The first baseman looks like he has a beat on the ball as he gets closer to the fence or dugout. At the same time, however, he looks like he is hesitating the further he moves into foul territory. Then plop! The ball falls right near his feet about 12-24 inches from the fence. We all know the consequences of giving away outs in youth baseball. This stuff kills me. How can coaches rectify this? At least once a year, usually before the season, I do the “Fence Drill” with my team. I start the drill on the first base side, having the players form a line behind each other, approximately 6 feet from the fence in foul territory, parallel to first base. I’m located by home plate. I throw pop ups as close to the fence as I can and instruct my players to track the ball. As they do this they should come right near the fence. They put their arm out to feel for the fence, either with their glove hand, if they are right-handed, or free hand for lefties, and then proceed to track and catch the ball. This is getting the fielders used to feeling for structures while keeping their eyes on the ball. It makes them more comfortable and helps limit the fear of getting hurt. I then move the line closer to fair territory, eventually moving the line where every player is a first baseman and has to hustle to feel for the fence first before catching the ball. I then move the line to the third base side of the infield. Is this drill fool proof? Absolutely not! But I did notice a few more catches over the course of a season if we practiced this drill. 

3)    Players not sliding at every base: This is a tough one. I’ve seen major leaguers not slide and cost their team runs. The Yankees-Oakland A’s 2001 American League Championship series comes to mind when Derek Jeter made that great backhand flip to home and Jeremy Giambi didn’t slide and cost his team a run and possibly the game and series. You can preach to your players to slide but they will continue to forget. As youth coaches, we have to remember that these are 10, 11, and 12 year-old kids and their retention is different than a high school player. But this is also something that you can practice instead of just telling the player when it comes up in a game. I want my players to slide on a force play even if they know they will be thrown out. Having a reputation, even on the youth level, that of being a team that always slides might become a potential distraction for the opposition and the fielders might bobble a throw to them at the base. When we practicing sliding, I take my team in the outfield grass and have my players remove their cleats. I have a diamond set up with throw down bases. We go through a few scenarios rotating players having them slide in the grass and this process helps. We reinforce for them to slide during the game from the coaching box. Again, not fool proof, but very effective.

4)    Practicing fielding a wild pitch or passed ball with a runner on third base: Usually not a game goes by without a wild pitch or a passed ball in youth baseball. When there is a base runner on third base, he has a better than 50% chance of scoring if he has just average speed. Let’s break this down from the defensive end. The pitcher throws the ball past the catcher. The pitcher recognizes this and rushes home to protect against the runner on third from scoring. His head is going back and forth between the base runner coming from third and the catcher getting ready to make the toss. Many times the toss from the catcher is off target or the pitcher swoops down to tag the runner without the ball.  Very few coaches practice this other than to yell out to the pitcher, “Cover home if the ball gets by the catcher,” when the situation comes up in a game. To practice this, set up the positions with a runner at third. Plant a ball behind the catcher without him seeing it. Have the pitcher do his wind up without the ball, and when the coach yells, “go,” the base runner breaks for home and the catcher locates the ball while the pitcher comes to cover home. Here we are setting up a practical situation and the catcher is practicing his toss and the pitcher is getting used to the runner coming at him while trying to secure the toss and tag. Coaches should rotate both pitchers and catchers during this drill.

These are only four situations out of many that need to be practiced. In youth baseball, coaches tend to teach during the game. Practices are the place to teach and games are the place to reinforce what we conveyed to the players. With this formula they become familiar with the situation and give your team the competitive edge on the field.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Young players have a hard time not throwing the bat down after hitting the ball. Many players will run to first base with the bat or will dangerously throw the bat toward the dugout or the fans.
One technique coaches might try during practice is to place one or two cones on the first base line. Make sure they are spread out. When the player hits the baseball off the tee and runs down the line, he must carry his bat and drop it either near the one cone or between the two cones.
 
Coaches can also place a baseball glove where the batter should lay down the bat. Some teams will put a parent halfway between home and first and the player will have to hand the bat to the parent as he runs down to first. Whether it is a cone, a glove, or a parent, coaches should be prepared that this is a regular issue when it comes to t‒ball. This is also an issue in the older leagues, which is why it is imperative for coaches to try solving the problem at a young age. Having a prop or person will condition the players to be aware to do something with the bat after the hit. Coaches can remove the cone, glove, or parent during the season if the team doesn’t throw the bat.
 
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