Little League Baseball and Softball – Running Drills

Because softball and baseball players run short distances at very

fast speeds, running drills are good practice for games. They

build endurance and fast-twitch muscles, which allow athletes to

burst off in a sprint. Before beginning little league baseball

and softball running drills, coaches should lead their athletes

in a warm-up and light stretching routine to make sure that they

do not injure themselves by sprinting on cold muscles and

ligaments. Coaches should have athletes stretch relevant muscles

lightly for 6-10 seconds before running. Athletes should also

wake up their joints and ligaments by rolling their ankles from

side to side and flexing their feet and their knees.

Running drills are good for legs and for cardiovascular health.

It pushes the heart to work hard, which improves endurance. This

drill focuses on heart health, so your athletes will probably

need another drill to increase leg strength. Such an exercise is

listed below under Leaping Lunges.

There are two main running drills all coaches should lead their

athletes in. The first is called Mountains. The second important

running drill is simple sprints. We will go into more detailed

explanation on each of these drills over the next couple of days.

To stretch out the muscles after running, athletes should put

their legs together and hang down, reaching their fingers to

their toes. This stretches the back of the legs. After this

stretch, they should stretch the quadriceps by bending one leg

behind them at the knee and grabbing the foot with the hand,

gently pulling the foot as close to the buttocks as possible.

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