Baseball and Softball Drills

More Than 200 Games and Activities for Preschool to College Players, 3d ed.


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About the Book

Written for coaches, this book—in its expanded third edition—presents more than 200 baseball and softball games and activities for preschoolers through college age, focusing on teaching, improvement of skills and enjoyment. Games emphasizing base running, bunting, catching, fielding, hitting, throwing and pitching are covered. Each section reviews fundamentals, introduces creative skills and drills for group practice, and details the age group, objective, equipment and rules for each activity.

About the Author(s)

Worcester State University head baseball coach Dirk Baker was an adjunct professor at the university for 15 years. He previously coached at Harvard and Boston University as well as in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He lives in Princeton, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Dirk Baker
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 219
Bibliographic Info: 48 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7214-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3315-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Foreword by Bill “Spaceman” Lee 1
Preface 3
Chapter 1. Running a Baseball Camp, Clinic, Class or Practice: Tips from A to Z 5
Chapter 2. Baserunning 23
The Basics 24
Team Baserunning Drills 25
Baserunning Games and Activities 26
Chapter 3. Bunting 41
The Basics 42
Team Bunting Drills 43
Bunting Games and Activities 43
Chapter 4. Catching 49
The Basics 50
Team Catching Drills 51
Catching Games and Activities 52
Chapter 5. Fielding 55
The Basics 56
Team Infield Drills 57
Team Outfield Drills 58
Fielding Games and Activities 58
Chapter 6. Hitting 91
The Basics 92
Team Hitting Drills 93
Hitting Games and Activities 93
Chapter 7. Throwing and Pitching 161
The Basics 162
Team Throwing Drills 164
Team Pitching Drills (Overhand) 164
Team Pitching Drills (Underhand) 165
Throwing and Pitching Games and Activities 166
Chapter 8. Closing Words 201
Index of Games and Activities 209

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Well written and engagingly illustrated…clearly and engagingly written…recommended”—ARBA