George from Texas sent in these ideas for baseball defensive drills that he uses with his team. Give them a try and let me know how
they work for you.
I’m currently coaching a team (8-10 yrs.) here in Tyler, Texas and realized about 4-games into our season that my kids (mainly the
infield) were having difficulty understanding “situations” and what to do with the ball (defensively) with runners occupying various
I thought that by conducting a “mini” intersquad scrimmage I would expose them to “game-like” situations and hopefully help them with
their decision-making about what to do with the ball when it was hit to them. This worked OK but took too long (pitching, switching,
etc.) that we decided to streamline the baseball drill.
We took all the outfielders (since the problem was really with the infield) and made them baserunners. I hit balls randomly to the
infield and mimicked “game-time” situations so that defensively our team had to make the right plays to get out of the inning. We
played until 3 outs were made and then cleared the bases and started a new inning…just like the kids would see if this were a real
This drill was simple but really helped expose the kids to different situations in a shorter period of time (instead of playing
through an actual scrimmage) and provided multiple repetitions so that the kids became familiar with what to do with the ball before
it was hit to them. Short but sweet and addressed the problem of making the kids think defensively.