Starting the New Players with Proper Fundamentals

Starting young kids out properly is more important today than ever before. Many years ago kids learned how to play the game at the park watching the older kids play. We tried to emulate how to make a double play, tag a sliding runner or go into the hole and make a great play. Times are different now. The kids no longer have these opportunities and competition for their time is at a high level. The reality is that if we don’t start the kids off properly in their first baseball/softball experience then these kids will not have the skills needed to play the game properly. Don’t fool yourself, baseball is a tough game to play and learning the proper fundamentals at an early age is more important than ever.

The goal of our web site is to give you the support needed to teach the basics and help insure that the kids are learning the proper skills so they can have more fun playing the game. While some of you really don’t have an idea of what to do with the kids that have been given to you, that is quite all right. Just invest a little time into studying the drills and have fun learning with the kids. For some other coaches, you already have an idea of what you want to do with the kids. That is great! Just keep in mind that the kids have no clue as to what you are trying to do. You will need to break up the game and the skills so the kids can learn in a progressive way. Take your time and teach it right!

Many years ago I was asked to coach some younger kids in volleyball. I worked very hard at teaching the kids to play 3 hits while other teams played one hit.  While all my practices were devoted to the fundamentals of the game so we could play the game properly I realized that my 8 and 9 year olds had no conception of the game. The only “game” they had seen was the game they played and they really could not understand why I was making them play 3 hits and their competition was playing only one hit. They were confused. I assumed they knew what volleyball was and how it was played at the higher levels. But my players had no clue and did not understand how the drills fit into the game that I saw them playing in their future years. Bottom line, don’t assume they know what you know.  Teach the game and the fundamentals to them. Use videos and take them to a high school game or college game and let them see the end result. Over time they will begin to understand.

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  1. Electric Bikes
    8 years ago

    Thank you for your help!