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Indoor Drills to Improve Your Pitching, Hitting and Catching Skills

written by: DulceCorazon • edited by: Cheryl Gabbert • updated: 6/14/2010

Need to improve your baseball skills, but don't have access to a field? Need to learn new skills during inclement weather? Use indoor baseball practice drills at any time.

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    Indoor baseball practice drills are exercises that let baseball players hone their skills. These can be done in the comfort and safety of an indoor area like the gymnasium. These practice drills, when done in a regular manner, can improve players' baseball skills and techniques. Here are some recommended baseball practice drills for both novice and experienced players.

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    Knocking the Ball

    Improving the accuracy of baseball throws is of paramount importance, and this drill acknowledges that. One of the most basic drills, it requires a ball to be placed on a tee. The thrower will then have to strike the ball with another ball to practice his throwing accuracy and strength. For more experienced players or teams, this drill can be done with a hitter. The thrower throws the ball towards the hitter, the hitter hits it back to the thrower, and then the thrower throws the ball targeting the ball on the tee. The main goal of this drill is to develop or improve a player's throwing skills.

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    Hitting the Squares

    This drill requires two concentric squares placed on a wall. These squares should be approximately 4x4 inches and 20x20 inches. The object of the drill is for the thrower to hit the squares, preferably the smaller one. Points should be used to make the drill more interesting and more fun for the players because it can serve as a mini competition within the team. More points should be awarded when the smaller square is hit than when the bigger one is hit. This is a fun way to improve throwing skills, which makes this perfect for younger players.

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    Outfield Toss n' Go

    This is a drill that focuses on catching, reflex, and running skills. The player must toss the ball to a thrower and then he must run on a line. The thrower will then throw the ball in the direction he chooses and it is up to the practicing player to change direction or increase his running speed to catch the ball. After catching it, he will then toss it back to the thrower for another round.

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    Reflex Drills

    Fielding skills like speed and reflex can also be improved by using indoor practice drills. Reflex drills focus particularly on how fielders react to the ball when it comes toward them. They need to have the presence of mind to be aware of the ball's movement. They also need to have quick reflexes to catch the ball and throw it in any direction that is appropriate for the play. This is a simple drill where fielders line up in a queue and a ball is thrown at them by a thrower. The ball can either go to their left or to their right. The fielders must rely on their reflexes to catch the ball and throw it to an assigned area that represents the base.

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    References

    Baseball Drills and Coaching Tips: Free Baseball Drills - Indoor Practice

    Knowledgegalaxy.net: Indoor Baseball Drills