Hitting Stations: Station-to-Station Drills for Kids
It is reasonable to expect that not all players that join little league teams had prior hitting instructions or coaching.
So this means coaches have to find ways to help with the hitting game of their young players. What is the best ways to cope with this kind of situation? Have you tried the station-to-station drill? Here is how it works.
What You Need
To be able to run this drill you will definitely need adult supervision. In fact, you will need the assistance of about 3 to 4 adults. If you do not have enough coaches you can ask some of the parents to volunteer and assist.
You will also need about 2 hitting nets. Make sure that your players have all the necessary protective gear considering that you are dealing with children.
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How it Goes
Every station will be required to run for at least 5 minutes. Players will be coming in for practice usually at different times so to make things easier players work on a buddy system. This will allow you to do stretching and throwing exercises.
The first group that will finish with their stretching and throwing routines will be the first in line for the first hitting station and the rest of the group follows in line as they complete their routines.
· Station 1
2 to 3 players will be with a coach to work on the necessary basic hitting techniques. Focus would be on bat position, hitting stance, and the 3-step pop-torque-swing for the lead leg stride, swing, and rotation, including having a balanced follow-through.
The group would normally spend around 5 minutes with the coach before they move to Station 2. The next group of players move in to Station 1 at this point receiving the same coaching as the previous group.
· Station 2
In this station the group of players will be hitting from the tee. Every player will be given 5 swings from the tee and hit into the net.
The coach or parent volunteer should observe the hitting technique of the player on tee. After 5 swings the next player goes at bat. The group gets 5 minutes before they move to Station 3 so that the next group can move to this station.
· Station 3
The focus of the coaching in this station is on soft toss hitting. Every player will take 5 swings into the net while a coach or parent volunteer stands angled from the side and behind.
A mix of tosses will be give players like up the middle, opposite field, and inside toss for example. Hitters will rotate after 5 swings and will move to the next station after 5 minutes.
· Station 4
Players will take 5 swings while standing on home plate. Pitches will be thrown from a normal distance. The coach observes the swing of the player and issues necessary corrections based on what was taught at Station 1. Players switch after 5 swings.
After completing the 4 stations the players will be prepared for fielding drills by the coach. This is done so that practice time is fully maximized with players getting adequate number of swings and facing a variety of pitches. Try this out with your players.