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Coaching Youth Baseball:
Ages 5 to 8

Baseball for beginners

Nine season major leaguer Scott Bradley mixes fun and fundamentals in this kid-friendly introduction to the game’s basics. His 40 easy-to-follow drills let you share your players’ pride as they learn the right way to throw, catch, hit and run the bases. Downloadable training notes and coaching tips are also included for each drill.



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Table of Contents

Pre-Season
  • Getting Started
  • Meet Coach Scott Bradley
  • Meet Coach Jeremy Meccage
Topic 1: Throwing
  • Introduction to Throwing
  • How To Grip A Baseball
  • Eye Drill
  • Knee Drill
  • Stride Drill
  • Balance Drill
  • Line Drill
Topic 2: Catching
  • Introduction to Catching
  • Glove-Side Drill
  • Backhand Drill
  • Playing A Game Of Catch
  • Tennis Ball Drill
  • Between-The-Shoulders Drill
  • Glove-Side Catch On Run
  • Backhand Catch On Run
  • Football Pattern Drill
Topic 3: Fielding
  • Introduction to Fielding
  • Knee Bend
  • One-Hand Reach
  • Forehands and Backhands
  • Bat Drill
  • Field and Crow Hop
  • Hat Drill
  • Pop-Ups and Fly Balls
Topic 4: Hitting
  • Introduction to Hitting
  • Swing Mechanics
  • Pendulum Drill
  • Batting Tee Basics
  • One, Two, Tee Drill
  • Multi-Ball Drill
  • Side-Toss Drill
Topic 5: Baserunning
  • Introduction to Baserunning
  • Running To First
  • First Base Turn Drill
  • Pickle Drill
  • Relay Base Drill
Coaching Tips and Advice
  • Focus On Fundamentals
  • Prepare For Practice
  • Every Kid Plays
  • Learn Players' Names
  • Positive and Fun!
  • Encourage Participation
  • Get Down On A Knee
  • Hydration
  • Don't Over Coach
  • Ending Practices

About the Coach

The Coach

Scott Bradley spent nine seasons as a catcher in the major leagues with the Yankees, White Sox, Mariners and Reds. Scott became the head coach of the Princeton University baseball team in 1997. Nine of his former players played professional baseball in the 2008 season.