HSPC – TIP of the MONTH
Coach Jerry “Kal” Kalista
July 1, 2016
One of the highlights of baseball is that players with not much ability can increase their ability and become a better player through the proper use of baseball drills.
There are so many drills associated with baseball, I’m not going to try and list them. In my opinion, all or at least most baseball drills are covered in these twelve (12) categories; hitting, bunting, base-running, pitching, catching, infield, outfield, throwing/catching, team drills, strength, agility and conditioning.
No coaches are alike when it comes to running a practice and choosing what baseball drills they use. For example, in my opinion, playing catch before practice and games should be treated and performed as a baseball drill (Category – Throwing/Catching). When “Playing Catch”, the RECEIVER should give a good target, move body, shift feet and properly set-up to catch the baseball, and throw it back with a 4-seam grip. The THROWER should keep his eyes on the target, step and throw (4-seam grip) towards the target. Another version of “Playing Catch” is “Playing One-Hop Catch”. This can be done with the RECEIVER working on fielding straight-up, glove-side and/or back-hand catches, moving their body, shifting their feet to properly field the ball (one-hop) and throw the ball back with a 4-seam grip. The THROWER should throw the baseball one-hop (straight-up, glove-side and/or back-hand). RECEIVER and THROWER should flip-flop.
As a baseball player, when working on any baseball drill, either during practice, before a game or on your own, you must be focused and perform the drill with passion and the desire to get to the next level!
The ability of a player to rise above the more talented athlete is not only attributed to his desire, but also the coaching he has received. Repetition of a skill is essential for a player to become proficient (good muscle memory) in that skill. Performing the skill improperly also ingrains the skill, unfortunately, it’s not correct (bad muscle memory). It is always better to do, for example, 15 quality swings off a tee than to rush through 30 poor swings. Quality, not quantity should be the objective when performing all baseball drills. How good of a player do you want to be? Make sure your effort reflects your answer!
Coaches, be creative and make it fun for your players. Make up some of your own baseball drills. Make sure the drill has a “Baseball Purpose” and most important, remember, quality not quantity!
Always be Positive! Always Give 100%!
Coach Jerry “Kal” Kalista
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