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.