6 Baseball Hitting Drills for Youth Players

Hey what’s going on guys today I’ve got some
baseball hitting drills for youth players and in fact I’ve got six baseball hitting
drills for youth players that I’m going to share with you today and these are great hitting
drills for the younger guy. The first one is going to be the mini ball swings. These
balls are small like all golf ball size you can get them in the whiffle ball or the foam
type golf ball and they are great to work on hand-eye coordination for the younger players.
What I would like to do is have someone toss from out front like a front toss and you can
kind of just dart them in there or you can under hand them at first it depends on the
player’s ability and skill level but it’s really great for the younger players because
to hit this very small ball they have to really focus on it and work on their hand-eye coordination.
Once they get good at using their regular bat you can switch over to a skinny bat. Now
this is just a PVC pipe you can get fancy and put some bat tape on this and make it
the same weight this is the actual length of a bat for me but imagine your youth player
taking this and hitting this they have to have great hand-eye coordination. Not to mention
these things move around a lot in the wind because they are so light. So if your player
can hit this mini whiffle ball with this skinny bat he’s doing a really good job. So that’s
the first baseball hitting drill for youth players that I really like.
The second drill; let’s go over here to the T’s. I call this the new fence drill you guys
all have done the fence drill where you put your bat up against your belly and to the
fence and try to swing without hitting the fence. Well were going to add a few elements
into that and this is a great baseball hitting drill for youth baseball players as well because
what I see a lot of youth players do is when they start to swing they get real long and
outside the ball and end up hitting a lot of ground balls to their pull side because
they’re getting out and rolling over. So this drill helps fix that. What you’re going to
do on this drill is the same as the old fence drill but you’re going to add two T’s to it.
You can start without this T and just have the T with the ball but you’re going to put
it about 4 to 6 inches away from the fence this is going to make sure that your player
doesn’t get out and around because if he does is going to hit that fence. So it’s going
to making him start inside with the hands. When he gets good at doing that; also the
goal of this drill is trying to do hit this ball straight down the fence line okay. So
when he gets good at that then you can implement the next T because some guys will get too
long back here. So now if you’ve got this T and you’ve got the fence here a players
cannot get long he’s got to stay inside of this here without hitting it and then also
staying inside of here without hitting it but not getting inside too much to where he’s
hitting balls into the fence. He wants to try to shoot a line drive right down the fence
line. Let me try right here to see if I can not mess it up.Let me get a good stance. I’m
trying not to hit this T trying to hit that ball straight down the line. Not too bad a
little bit to the right but I’ll take it all day long.
The next drill were going to do. Baseball hitting drill for youth players is the stop
and contact drill. What we’re going to do on this drill is we’re just going to take
swings into a mat or into a pad and were going to stop at our contact point and check ourselves.
So when I get set up I’m going to get it into a good stance I want my front foot to have
room for a stride but I also want to be close enough to the mat or the tire or whatever
your hitting into to make sure I got a good contact point. So I’m going to get set up,
take a swing, stop and then check myself. A few things you want to check is your body
angle; so I want to have this body angle leaning over this way I don’t want to be straight
up, I also want my back knee to be directly under my head, I want a good position on my
back foot I don’t want to be too rolled over. I see a lot of young players rolled over on
their back foot I want to be nice and strong, straight front leg, hands above the barrel,
head on the baseball and just check those things. So I swing, boom go through my check
point; hands, head, front leg, back leg, back foot, body angle. Good, repeat boom check
them and its great if you’re youth player can have a coach there to keep an eye on that
while he’s working on that. The next baseball hitting drill for youth
players is going to be back toss. Back toss is a great hitting drill for youth guys and
I would encourage you to stop doing soft toss which is tossing it from the side. So if my
coach or parent were right there tossing it here and hitting I would encourage you to
implement back toss instead of soft toss. It’s basically the same exact drill except
the coach is going to be taking balls from here if this is my home plate and my hitter.
I’m going to be back here and just tossing balls forward. The coach has to have good
timing with this and not try to throw it too far out. The player wants to make sure he
stays back but gets his hands extended through the ball. So he’s going to try to time it
and getting through this ball and hitting it out front and trying to hit the ball on
the same plate that the ball is coming in. So if the coach is throwing it straight up
the middle this way the batter wants to continue that line drive out to center field. If the
coach throws it across the same the batter want to continue with out to right field the
Coolidge directed across the plate this way the better is wants to continues it out to
right field, if the coach throws it across inside the batter wants to continue it out
to left field. So that’s another great baseball hitting drill for youth players.
The next drill is going to be the bucket drill and this is another great baseball hitting
drill for youth players because a lot of youth players don’t use their legs well enough.
In this drill all you’re going to do is first have the batter get set up on the plate where
he would normally be hitting for me that’s about right here. Once I feel comfortable
on hitting this ball off of the T I’m going to make sure the bucket is right behind me
and then I’m just going to sit down on it. Now what you want to do as a hitter here is
as your coming up you kind of loading back but in not over your back leg you still want
to stay inside of your back leg but then stay low as you go to hit. I don’t want to get
here and come straight up and hit I want to stay nice and low and get a good stride and
keep everything fluid while I’m hitting. So it’s going to look a little something like
this. Knees are inside of my feet right here, I come up, stay low, stride then hit. Let
me do one more that was a bad hit. Sit down make, sure your feet are good you’re not too
far underneath you, feet are good here, get set up, stay low, strot and hit. One more
that was another bad one. Feet underneath, knees in, stay low, strot and hit.
The last baseball hitting drill for youth players is going to be the frisbee drill.
I don’t have a frisbee here with me today but you can use a bucket top if you have it.
This bucket top might not work so great because it’s pretty deep but normal bucket tops are
pretty flat so if you have a frisbee or a bucket top you can use those. Put your hands
together right here you’re going to get set up in your normal stance and then all you’re
going to do is take a swing. You’re trying to get this frisbee to fly straight out in
a line drive slightly upwards just as if you hit a good line drive to the field. Taking
your swing, if your frisbee’s too wobbly or dying right down you’re probably rolling
over. You want to stay through it and extend out just as you would in a good swing. So those are the six baseball hitting drills
for youth players. I hope you guys like that. If you want my full list of baseball hitting
drills, click the link below and I’m going to send you over there I have 30+ great hitting
drills that you can check out.So go there now check it out if you like this video please
share it and I will talk to you guys in the next one.

100 thoughts on “6 Baseball Hitting Drills for Youth Players

  1. Getting back into Little League coaching with my grand-son. Coached my son, then umpired for 12 years. These drills are great, I see three I can incorporate on the level I'll be coaching, thanks John, I'll be sure to check out the others.

  2. Am very new to baseball and am 12 years old is that an very bad age to start? btw am not that new am an SS and barely know how to field and sometimes i think the ball is gonna hit me and crush my arm should i be worried*

  3. Awesome channel. Love your hitting mechanics  drills and these six and all your hitting drills. I use these with my two sons. I would like to see some throwing mechanics drills and some throwing drills for youth. My 12 year old drops his arm and pushes the ball and isn't very accurate. He throws kinda hard but I'm sure if I can get him doing it right he would through a lot harder and more accurate, but I'm having a hard time. Thanks for sharing your drills and comments you seem like a great coach/instructor.

  4. Very applicable set of drills. Appreciate your efforts to assist in youth baseball development! These are core drills that apply to a 10 or 18 year old.

  5. need batting drills for 6-8 yr olds playing machine pitch. I have few 7 yr olds how have never swung a bat and are missing every pitch of aboit 30 balls.

  6. First year Head Coach for 8 year old player pitch, having problems with batting and I think the bucket drill and frisbe drill will help soo much. Thank you for the great video.

  7. Thanks for the hitting drills. it has helped with bat speed and technique. Hand eye coordination has also improved. It has helped my son and I.

  8. Hey man bi bifa of ur channel.can u pls take a look at my swing?channel name is same as this one just no underscores or type in Chris weber baseball swing,thanks!

  9. Man I wish there were vids like this when I played…. The only thing we had Was Benchs Bunch… a show hosted by Johnny Bench….

  10. The Frisbee drill is hard at first. Once you get it you can really feel it working. In a game situation you learn to get all the way through the ball giving that little bit of power in there. Love these drills and keep up the good work.

  11. Just found your page, and I must say I love you videos. I have an 8yr old son that is in love with the sport so these, along with the rest of your videos will help him and I both learn a lot! Thank you for what you do man!

  12. Finally a video that will help me with my sons swing. My 7 year old has an ok swing but these drills should help him for fall ball training. Any tips on how to teach my kid how to stop dropping the bat at the top of his swing? When he loads he tends to cock his wrists and it makes the bat parallel to the ground at the top of his swing causing alot of late hits to first base.

  13. to be honest I think a lot of this guys drills (while maybe effective) are a little to much. Just to much over doing it. Always remember all this stuff wasn't around for Ruth, Williams, Dimaggio etc. if you want to be a great hitter it's all about dedication. Make sure you are getting your tee reps, soft toss reps, cage time and u will be fine. however i am a big fan of the tiny balls he showed. That will maximize hand/eye coordination.

  14. but it's not good for them to go to a little bat then go back to their bat dont you want to have a bat that is Heavy then go back to your bat that is lighter ? but I love your video I coach boy from ages 6-8 But I just started a year ago now thanks give us more lol

  15. when hitting you do not want to be leaning foward… I May be wrong buuuuuut a hitting coach from the mlb tought me taht

  16. Tengo varios años jugando bitilla, tengo vision de alcon jajajaja cuando voy a batear mandan la gente 8 metros atras de la posicion

  17. Wonderful instructional video, Coach!  I've been playing baseball since 1973 and coaching kids since my Freshman year at Kean University in 1983 and have seen several important drills for the first time.  You also seem to have a great demeanor when it comes to working with young people.  Don't know why, but too many coaches think yelling and "put downs" are the way to reach our youth.  Also, think it stinks that so many people choose to leave such negative, and silly comments.  Be positive fellow coaches when it comes to other coaches; especially a great one like this guy.  Thanks all, Erich L. Ruehs, Harrodsburg, Kentucky.

  18. Any coach that has a short kid, or a fat kid, or a nerdy kid join the
    team … and he clearly doesn't know how to hit a ball… because
    basically he had no father to teach him… and you feel he has little
    value so YOU don't teach him … then you're the purest piece of shit.

    I was one of those kids.
    I was humiliated off the filed. I wanted to continue until I learned how to hit, but it hurt my mother to see the other guys talk to badly about me.
    So I had to learn everything the hard way.
    There's been ups and downs. The military basically prepared me … showed me how to over-come.

    I still can't hit a baseball, but I've passed by so many men, far more physically gifted than I… as they asked for pennies on the street. I spent years lifting those "winners" out of poverty, alcoholism, drug addiction, mental and sexual confusions and problems. I've traveled far wider and studied harder than most. No kid on my Pony Little League team has accomplished in life what I have.

    If only that coach had shown me some compassion… he'd have taught those knuckle-heads how to have it… for others… and themselves. So … "coach"… lead out… all those kids… and in doing so, you'll do far more than your ego or your limited scope of life could imagine. Those kids… the "losers" … when they come back and visit you years later, may be your greatest solace and victory… because "coach" …. in life… everyone falls… everyone goes through "Dark Nights of the Soul" … and it may well be that when you're sinking, that kid you rejected will pass YOU by… holding the option to either throw you a life preserver … or ignore YOU like you did him.

    To the coaches … and players who chose to look out for ALL their comrades … well done. To the thousands of others?
    Karma is a bytch. No one… no one… escapes Karma.

  19. why dont batters check their swing on every pitch they dont swing at? this way they more easily know how to repeat the same swing or a little up or down when that pitch comes in the same area? we are allowed to check swing… so use it, every time you take a pitch.

  20. Everyone go watch my first video, just a sophomore trying to improve his game and comment what you think or if you have any tips

  21. That's good stuff man. I coach 10U and we have some incredible hitters on our team, but we have one kid who can crush it in the cage, he can hit well at practice, but he gets in a game and he loses it. We are fifteen games into the season and he has one hit. We've tried everything, I'm hoping some of these drills will work. Thanks

  22. I need help with my son keeping his head down when he swings, do you have any drills. Thanks. Video has some real good drills.

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  24. You will be happy to know that I used this video as an educational tool for my grandson who loves baseball. Your tips definitely helped him improve his game. Thank you John.

  25. Right now, I'm in last place with a team full of 10 and 11 year olds who have long swings that are just too slow to hit effectively at this level. Going to try both fence drills tomorrow in practice. We need to get rolling. We pitch and field pretty well but are dead last by a longshot in runs scored this year. Will let you know how it goes.

  26. Thank you!! I've been looking for ways to help my son not over-extend. The fence/tee drill is perfect

  27. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing this. You are some shit man. Thank you! You aren’t even taking cuts. I really appreciate this video. My son (12)will benefit greatly from these drills. (Just got booted out of Massachusetts cal Ripken State Tournament with getting #1in district) the AAU place does not show any of these things yet I noticed my son makes just about all these mistakes. These are well thought out drills or from some person with serious quick thinking. Thank you

  28. Great advice! Your drills really help. My 6-year-old son improved considerably and is hitting home runs now. Even scouts have begun looking at him play. Here is his highlight reel: https://youtu.be/GwO5oeiGwQo

  29. At first glance, the thumbnail did not look like it said 6hitting drills. Could've used a little more space between the 6 and hitting, lol!

  30. The last drill is ineffective. Bad manners for wanting to go for high pitches. I was taught this is a kid and it taught to swing at pitches I didn't need to. Stay hip level, if you like the frisbee training then you want it to start curving to the right a little (land in right field) it's a good method if you stay swinging at the hip area

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