The 9 Fun Practice Games Your Kids will Love!by Steve Nicollerat
Over the 38+ years of coaching baseball, all the baseball drills I used and all of the practice templates I have created, as well as camps and coaching different levels and ages of kids, I have learned some valuable things about how to run a baseball team.
I want my players to smile and have fun!
Youth Baseball Practice has to engage kids while helping them learn the game step by step. We encourage all youth baseball coaches to implement fun game in their practices that teach the kids how to compete, learn the parts of the game, and get them wanting to come back to practice!
So below are some “MUST DOs” and some fun games for baseball practice.
--Fun games MUST always incorporate fundamental drill techniques. Otherwise it is a waste of time for players and the coaches.
--Coaches should change their expectations slightly on a player by player basis depending on skill and ability.
--The younger the team, the more games there MUST be at practice (but make sure #1 is met).
--For older kids (13 years old +), incorporate games before and/or after the scheduled baseball drills – Kids are never too old for games! Just modify the priority of it in practice.
--Coaches should change out fun games each practice to keep kids engaged and practice different.
Here are the games included in this package:
Outfield Throwing Game
Hit the Hat
Beat the Staff
1st to 3rd Game
Pitcher Covering First
Ground Ball Game
National Epstein Master Certified Hitting Instructor (2009)
Missouri High School Hall of Fame: Coach (2015)
Greater St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame: Coach (2016)
Bob Broeg Annual Award - Greater St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame (2017)
600+ Wins (3rd Overall in Missouri High School History)
Founder of Coach Baseball Right