Youth Baseball Tryout Drills

By Art Corvelay

When you run a baseball tryout, you want to gain as much knowledge as possible about the potential players. Furthermore, you want to identify each player's strength and weaknesses. In order to evaluate a player fairly, you'll need to run the most effective baseball drills.

Base Running Drills

Like any other sport, running is essential to baseball players. A good drill for evaluating running is to have each player sprint from home to first. Time this and log the time for each player. Once this is complete, have each player run from home to second. Again, write down the time for each player. These times provide you with an quantifiable description of speed for each player.

Basic Hitting Drills

Hitting is an obvious essential to any baseball team. Use a pitching machine or throw each player 10 pitches. Providing a player with 10 pitches gives you a more balanced look at each player. Write down the outcome of each pitch for each player. When scouting players, look for players who make solid contact, as opposed to looking for players who swing for the fences.

Basic Fielding Drills

Defense is just as important as offense in baseball. Allow each player to choose a position on the field and provide them with 10 chances to field. Give each player a variety of balls including pop ups, grounders, line drives and rollers. Once fielded, have each player throw for an out to first base. Record each ball for an accurate description of each player's fielding skills.

Baserunning Drills

Base-running drills can be effective for judging speed and the baseball IQ of players. Have a player line up at home and another player acting as a base-running coach. Finally, place a third player at first base, acting as the first baseman. The coach should be at the mound with plenty of balls. Once the coach says "Go!," the player at the plate runs to first. The coach throws the ball to the first baseman. As a coach, you can throw a good ball to get the runner out, or overthrow a ball. When a ball is overthrown, you can judge to see how well the first baseman handles the ball. On an overthrown ball, you should also look at how the player acting as base-running coach responds.

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