Youth Little League Baseball – Sprints

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

actual competition.

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