The focus today for youth little league baseball is on sprints
for strength and conditioning.
The second important running drill is simple sprints. Athletes
should start at a designated point and run as fast as they can to
another designated point. Coaches should watch the way athletes
begin the sprint, making sure they keep their backs straight and
their bodies compact, instead of letting their arms fly out to
the side and letting their posture get low to the ground.
Athletes should be able to do 10 short sprints with 30 seconds in
between. A good length for the sprints is the distance between
the bases. Have athletes practice sprinting between the bases.
Because these baseball sprinting drills are quick but intense,
your athletes are going to need your encouragement more than
anything during these drills. You need to time them and keep
track of their improvement, pushing them to increase their speed
and the power in their starts. Encourage your athletes to push
through to the end of the sprint. It is customary for athletes
to slow near the end of the sprint, especially when they know
where the end line is. Train your athletes to keep up their
power until after they cross the line. Those extra tenths of
seconds can be the difference between wins and losses in an