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NELL MINORS CURRICULM

Focus Areas

Hitting

Fielding

Throwing

Running the Bases

Catching

Outfield

Pitching

Bunting

Catching (Plate)

 

 

Focus Area: Hitting

Teaching Points:

  • Stance
  • Feet spread a little more than shoulder-width
  •  Slight Knee Bend
  • Chest over knew/Butt Out
  • Hands back and above shoulder          
  • Swing
  • Eye on the Ball – See the ball hit the bat
  • Shoulder to Shoulder (Start Chin on Front Shoulder and End on Back Shoulder with eyes still in the zone)
  • Butt out/Push out through your back pocket
  • Stride with your hands coming back (like a punch)
  • Hit Through the baseball
  • Extend Bat to Pitcher through swing (don’t roll wrists too soon)

Drills
 
Teaching Point Simulation (No Balls)

Have players spread out and face a target (i.e. backstop fence)

Have players go through:

The steps of their stance (See Teaching Points)

The steps of the swing (See Teaching Points)

Tee

Cross Overs

Player lines up about 3 feet behind the Tee in the batter’s box with front foot crossed over in front of their back foot

Player should stride with the front foot into the ball while keeping their hands back (Walking away from your hands)

Emphasize: Sinking into your back leg/butt out to generate power and hit through the ball. Keep head still.

Video: Cross Overs

 

   Launch Position

   Line up tee about 6 inches in front of the players front foot

  Have them stride and keep their hands back

   Hold that position for 2 seconds, then swings

   Emphasis going back to go forward with your hands to generate power

   Video: Launch Position

Straight Tee

   Tee should be 6 inches in front of the batter’s front foot

  Player should get in stance before swinging

   When done swinging the player should be looking down into the tee with chin on back shoulder

   Emphasize: Going back to go forward, pushing out the back pocket and hitting through ball with your head down

   Video: Tee Work

·        Front Soft Toss

Coach (Tosser) should be sitting or kneeling about 5 yards away in front of the batter behind a “L” Screen

Coach under hands the ball in as a strike

Emphasize: Starting early. Pulling the hands back when the  when the pitchers hands go back for the underhand flip

·        Live

Live pitcher

Get batter to setup in their stance in the batter’s box

    Let them look at the first pitch

    Give them 12 pitches

    Throw at a decent speed (don’t lob it)

    Emphasize: Starting early. Pulling the hands back and striding when the  pitcher starts  to stride to them (“Dancing with the Pitcher”)

 

Helpful Videos:

  Hitting Drills

  Additional Hitting Drills

 

 


Focus Area: Fielding

Teaching Points:

      Set position

Hands out in front

Right step/Left Step on Pitcher Release

  Fielding a ground ball

  Creeping up through the ball

   Technique to field ground ball: chin and chest behind the ball, hands out in front, flat back, butt down

Work through the ball towards first base

·        Transitioning to the throw

  Right Foot/Left Foot (For Righties) Step forward with right foot, show ankle to the receiver, and turn front shoulder to the target

 

Drills:

·        Teaching Point  Simulation

   Have players spread out and face a target (i.e. backstop fence).

Have players go through:

§  Getting Set (See Teaching Points)

§  The steps of fielding a ground ball (See Teaching Points)

·        Soft Hands

   Pair kids up and put them about 10 ft. from each other

    Each player is on their knees

   They roll the ball to each other

   Emphasize: Flat Back, Hand out in Front, other hand ready to close, and funneling the ball up to their chest

 

·        Work Arounds

    Work Arounds

  Players get in a single file line (you can do as many lines as coaches)

  Setup a cone to the right of the players so that they have to go around it before they field the ball

  Put a player at first

§  Coach says left/right, and player creeps into his field position

  Coach then rolls the bass so that the fielder has to come up through the ball after going around the cone to their right. 

Player fields the ball and makes a throw to first

Emphasize: Emphasis working toward first base and good foot work to get into position to throw

   Video: Workarounds

 

Helpful Videos:

   Infield Progression

Infield Drills

  Technique

    Fundamentals (Ripken)

 

 


Focus Area: Throwing

Teaching Points:

Grip

   Three or Two Fingers (bigger Kids) across seams  (four seam fastball)

  Thumb under the ball

·        Throwing Position

Look at your target

   Show your inner ankle to your partner with a step

  Turn your front shoulder to your partner

   Break heads down

   Follow elbows even with shoulder high so your body looks like a field goal post

   Ball facing away from you – facing centerfield if you were pitching

  Turn Glove and bring body to the glove

·        Throwing Target

   Chest of the receiving player

Drills:

Teaching Point  Simulation (No Balls)

   Have players spread out and face a target (i.e. backstop fence).

  Each player shows their grip  (See Teaching Points)

   Then have each player go through the steps of throwing  (See Teaching Points)

Drills

See Videos

Helpful Videos:

    Mechanics

     Throwing Progression

 

 


Focus Area: Running the Bases

Teaching Points:

    Running to first

   Run hard

   Drop Bat

   Run Straight down the line not looking at ball

  Listen for coach

   Three Things

   Run through the base

   Take a Turn

  Go to second

·        Running to other bases

    Banana out when approaching base to go to next

    Listen for coach as you approach the bag

   Hold on balls in the air

Drills:

·        Running to First

  Line kids up in a single file line behind the plate towards third base

   Have a coach at the plate and one as the first base coach

   Each kid should

   Pretend Swing

   Run to first

  Through

  On the first few times around, they should run through the bag – coach should say  “through” early down the line

  Emphasize: Running full speed down the line and running through the base and breaking down, looking to the right for an overthrow

   Make a Turn

  Put  a cone down about 10 feet from first base towards the plate and two feet to the right of the foul line

  On the next few reps, have the coach tell them to “make a turn” when the runner is about a quarter of a way down the line

Emphasize: Banana out and go around the outside of the cone, hit the inside of the bag, go about three steps beyond the bag with your head up.  

  Go to Second

  One the next few reps, have the coach tell them to go to second about a quarter of a way down the line

  Emphasize: Banana out and go around the outside of the cone, hit the inside of the bag, and going straight to second. 

   Listen to the first base coach

On the last few reps, give a different option to each player early down the line

   Emphasize: listening to coach but still running hard

Helpful Videos

      Running Drills

    Little League Base Running Progression

 


Focus Area: Catching

Teaching Points:

     Watch Ball

     Fingers Up

       Two Hands

      Secure the ball with throwing hand (two hands)

    Don’t Stab at it

Drills:

      Soft Toss with No Glove

    Drill requires soft (tennis) balls

  Line the Players up in a line across with No Glove

   Coach should go 6 feet in front of each player and flip the ball to each one

    Player should try to catch the ball with their bare hand with their fingers up

    Emphasize: Watching the ball all the way into the hand

 

   Cover your  bag

Put  players into three groups and put them at a base

    Put them in a single file line about 7 feet above the base (use a cone)

   For each player

   Coach says “break”

  Player runs to the bag

  Player puts one foot on the bag and the other out in front ready to receive the ball from the thrower (coach)

  They should have their glove out in front with fingers up

   Coach throws the ball to the player on the bag

Emphasize: securing the ball with your throwing hand and keeping foot on base

 

Helpful Videos:

     Mechanics

    Catching Progression

 

 


Focus Area: Outfield

 

Teaching Points:

   Good Angles to the Ball

  First Step Back

   Momentum coming forward when catching a grounder or fly ball

  Throw the ball to the glove side of the cutoff man.

Drills:

   See Videos

Helpful Videos:

  Mechanics

      Outfield Drills

   Outfield Tips

 

 


Focus Area: Pitching

Teaching Points:

     Set Position (Stretch)

  Right Side of the Rubber

Feet: Little Less then should width and front leg slightly ahead of back

  Hands Back near throwing shoulder (help with Balance)

   Back Leg Slightly Bent

   Eyes on Target

·        Delivery

   Lift front leg to belly button (slight twist): rhythm should be smooth (not too slow, not too fast) and keep the hands up

   Drive/Push Off with Back Leg and lead with the front hip and butt

   Break Thumbs Down

Bring arms up even with shoulders

Landing Toe pointed slightly to the right of the target (for righties)

   Straight line from side of back heel to back of front heel (Stay closed)

Keep Glove Tight/Slightly Turning it over on delivery

   Release the ball out in front of your nose, chest over your front knee

Drills:

·        Teaching Point Simulation

  Have players spread out and face a target (i.e. backstop fence).

    Have players go through:

   Getting Set Position (See Teaching Points)

   The steps of delivery (See Teaching Points)

·        Towels Snaps

   Have a few towels (the size of dish towel)

  Set up a bucket or a chair

    Have the players lined up about 4 feet behind the bucket

    Put them in the set position with the towel in their throwing hand

    Have the lift their leg for a pitching delivery and snap the towel on the bucket

   Have each players do it about 6 times

    Emphasize: Snapping your wrist forward, and bending your back

    Video: Towel Drill

·        One Knee Throws

Put players into groups – number of groups should be equal to number of coaches

   Spread them out about 10 ft. apart and have a coach about 20 feet in front of them

    Put each player on one knee

  Throwing side knee should be on the ground

   Other knee up with foot on the ground out in front of the player

  Player should turn into throwing position with front shoulder facing the coach/target and elbows even with shoulders

   Player should then throw the ball to the coach

Emphasize bending the back and chest finishing over the front knee

   Video: One Knee Drills

·        Wall Bumps

    Find a fence or a padded wall

Have the player facing the wall in there set position (stretch)

Have them lift their front leg for delivery and then lead/fall into fence or wall with their front hip/butt

10 Reps for each player

    Emphasize: Back knee bent and leading with your front hip/butt

    Video: Wall Bumps

 

    T Drill

   Put Tape Down (or cones) Perpendicular to Rubber (straight line down the landing hill toward the catcher) and Across Landing Zone to form a “T”

   Have players setup (stretch) on the right side of the Rubber to the right of the tape

  Have them throw pitches using their delivery

§  Front foot should always land on the right side of tape down the hill

§  Front Foot should also extend over the tape out in front

o   Emphasize: bringing up the knee to the belly button (slight twist) and leading with front hip so they land on the right side of the tap down the middle of the mound

o   Video: T Drill

Helpful Videos:

·        One Knee Throwing Progression

·        Pitching Fundamentals

·        Additional Drills

 

 


Focus Area: Bunting

Teaching Points:

·        Up in the box

·        Pivot back foot

·        Bat in front of the zone

·        Hand slides up the bat and pinches it

·        Bat on a slight angle

·        Lower knees for lower pitch

·        Catch the ball with bat

Drills:

o   See Videos

Helpful Videos:

·        Mechanics

·        Bunting Drills

 

 


Focus Area: Catching Behind the Plate

Teaching Points:

·        Up in the box

·        Pivot back foot

·        Bat in front of the zone

·        Hand slides up the bat and pinches it

·        Bat on a slight angle

·        Lower knees for lower pitch

·        Catch the ball with bat

Drills:

o   See Videos

Helpful Videos:

·        Mechanics

·        Catching Drills

 

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