Coaches know the importance of drills. The cornerstone of most practices, they are essential in developing player skills and team execution. For younger players, however, the best drills go one step further. They engage the player, promote teamwork, and establish a lifelong love of the game.
Youth Baseball Drills is a comprehensive collection of more than 100 of the very best team drills for young players and their coaches. Developed specifically for players aged 6 to 18, the drills teach and reinforce fundamental skills such as these:
• Catching fly balls
• Base running
Easy to understand and easier to implement, each drill is accompanied by step-by-step instructions, equipment needs, field diagrams, and key coaching points. And the ready-to-use 30-, 60-, and 90-minute practice plans help coaches put them to use and create enjoyable and productive practices.
With variations and progressions for difficulty, Youth Baseball Drills has something for every coach and every player. It is a must-have guide for anyone wanting to teach youngsters how to play, and enjoy, the game of baseball.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Practice Organization
Chapter 2 Warm-Up Drills
Chapter 3 Throwing and Catching Drills
Chapter 4 Fielding Drills
Chapter 5 Hitting Drills
Chapter 6 Bunting Drills
Chapter 7 Pitching Drills
Chapter 8 Base Running Drills
Chapter 9 Run-Down Drills
Chapter 10 Sliding Drills
Chapter 11 Between-Inning Drills
Chapter 12 Situational Drills
Chapter 13 Player Evaluation Drills
“Pete Caliendo breaks down the ABCs of coaching youth baseball and makes it simple and fun. Anyone coaching youth baseball should add this book to their personal collection.”
Abraham Key-- President and CEO PONY Baseball and Softball
“Pete Caliendo is an amazing store of knowledge in baseball technique. He knows his stuff!”
Jim Colborn-- Former Major League Baseball All-Star Pitcher
“Pete Caliendo possesses a wealth of baseball knowledge and has the ability to impart his expertise to coaches and players in all stages of their development.”
Roland Hemond-- Special Assistant to the President and CEO Arizona Diamondbacks
“Youth Baseball Drills offers what players need to know: how to execute the fine points in the game. Coach Caliendo’s book teaches how to play the game the right way.”
Terry Ayers-- ABCA Hall of Fame
“Peter Caliendo is one of the best teachers of the fundamentals of the game.”
Jim Hall-- ABCA Hall of Fame
“Field to front office, coaching to scouting, locally to nationally and internationally, Pete’s experience and passion improve the game and the people he works with."
Tom House-- Former MLB pitcher, MLB pitching coach, and author of The Pitching Edge
“Pete Caliendo has been involved in coaching both domestically and abroad for the better part of the last 20 years. Those experiences have given him a strong foundation for coaching basics, and this book brings that knowledge to the reader in a way that is easy to understand and apply. Youth Baseball Drills is a must-read for any entry-level coach.” Paul Seiler--Executive Director and CEO USA Baseball