Working to improve your conditioning and athleticism is absolutely vital, and can often make the difference between a win and a loss in a close game. Not only will your players be faster and stronger, but most importantly, they’ll be more resistant to injury. And with just a couple minutes at the beginning or the end of every practice, you can get the results your looking for with the following drills and
One of the best ways to improve both reaction time, acceleration, and top end running speed, is the Ball Drop drill. Have your players line up about five yards away, and hold a tennis ball outstretched at your side. You can have the player line up facing you, backwards, or sideways, and it’s good idea to switch it up, working all stances and therefore all muscles, evenly.
Once you drop the ball, your player will break out into a sprint. Their goal is to get to the ball, and scoop it up before it hits the ground a second time. This drill is very
simple, but does a great job of improving a number of skills, including the speed points I touched on earlier, but also will give you a world of improvement in hand-eye coordination.
As players improve and get faster, have them start further and further away – this is a great way to find out who your best baserunners are!
Balance Pick Ups
This is a great drill for working all of the tiny little stabilizing muscles in your legs. It’s fairly simply, just have a player stand with a ball next to their foot, and then have them slowly descend, balancing on one leg, and pick up the ball with a free hand, before slowly returning back up to a fully extended standing position. Three or four reps of the three sets is a good starting point, and you can make your way up slowly from there.
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