Baseball Drills for 6 Year Olds [MinsfuseBaseball.com]

Baseball Drills for 6 Years Olds

 Little League, Tee Ball Baseball Drills for 6 Year Olds

When coaching baseball drills to 6 year olds, your approach pretty much stays the same as if you were to coach 5 year olds. You still want to focus on maximum engagement amongst your players (If coaching a larger group) and deliver your baseball drills in a fun way. 

Again, as with coaching 5 year olds, you’ll want to focus on the following topics:

  • Throwing 
  • Catching
  • Hitting 
  • And reinforcing basic game rules

A quick note on coaching basic rules and adapted games…

At 6 years old, your players fall into the middle age group for tee ball. Tee Ball is an adapted version of the game that allows your players to develop the right skills and techniques at the right time in order to give them a ‘linear progression’ in their baseball development.

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Baseball Drills for 6 Year Olds

First and foremost, you’ll be able to use many of the drills from our guide that focuses on 5 year olds. Here’s the links for those drills:

<= Previous baseball guide: Baseball Drills for 5 Year Olds

Baseball Drills for 5 Year Olds: Throw The Goalie [MindfuseBaseball.com]
Baseball Fielding Drills: Moving Square [MindFuseBaseball.com]
Baseball Drills for 5 Year Olds: Tee Counter [MindfuseBaseball.com]

Throw The Goalie

Easy to setup drill that focuses on throwing and catching. 

Moving Square

Another easy to setup drill that again focuses on throwing and catching but also adds a bit more movement into the mix for realism

Tee Counter

This drill can involve more than 4 players – so great group training. 

Hitting Drills for 6 Year Olds

When young players first step up into baseball – they just want to hit! So, make sure you plan an adequate amount of fun hitting drills into your practices to capitalize on their enthusiasm. 

Here’s a few hitting drills for 6 year olds you can use at your next practice…

Baseball Drill #1: Kiss The Ball

Baseball Drills for Kids: Kiss The Ball [MindfuseBaseball.com]

Why this drill? This drills is about helping your young players understand the different phases of the swing, breaking it down so the understand it and by taking a slower motion swing at the ball they can focus on improving their technique. Your players will start to develop muscular movement memory and their coordination skills will improve too. Resulting in a more consistent contact with the ball. 

Details: To set the drill up, the batter must have a bat and a batting tee with a ball on top. The idea of the drill is to get the player to focus on slowing down their swing and focusing on the ball.  As a coach you’ll want to break the swing down into ‘bite sized’ chunks so your players can easily digest and understand what you’re asking them to do. 

How to progress this drill? 

  • Start with breaking the whole thing down. 1st Step: The step up to the tee. Make sure they position their feet well. 
  • 2nd Step: Then get them to take a swing and stop just before hitting the ball – AKA ‘kiss the ball’
  • Step 3: Get them to do both movements one after the other
  • Finally, move onto allowing them complete the movement by hitting the ball
Baseball Drills for 6 Year Olds

Baseball Drill #2: Bucket Drop

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Why this drill? This drill focuses on getting your young players to remember to drop their bat and throw it away after making a hit. 

Details: Setup a simple batting drill with a bucket or marked out area that indicates where the bat should be dropped after hitting the ball. 

While no specific skill is being developed, it’ll not only ensure the safety of your players but it can used along side another hitting drill that does focus on technique. 

How to progress this drill? 

  • You could use this in conjuction with ‘Kiss The Ball’ above
  • Progress into other hitting drills
Baseball Drills for 6 Year Olds

Fielding Drills for 6 Year Olds

When planning and delivering your baseball fielding drills you’ll focus on 4 core areas: 

  • Getting your players to understand the field and how it works
  • Catching and Throwing the ball with confidence
  • Running to the bases
  • Encouraging mistakes and building confidence through progressive learning

Here are a few fielding drills to try out with your 6 year olds….

Baseball Drill #3: Ready. Aim. Throw.

Ready. Aim. Throw. Baseball Drill [MindFuseBaseball.com]

Why this drill? Ready. Aim. Throw. helps develop throwing accuracy and overall arm strength

Details: Setup with your players standing, 7ft, 14ft or 20ft away from a batting tee. Place a ball (large or small depending on the age group) on top of the batting tee. Player must throw the ball and try knock the ball off the batting tee. There are different ways to do this drill – do what feels best for your group. Teach the fundamentals of throwing but don’t be afraid to progress into a competitive game. Great drills for larger groups as you set up multiple tees across an area. 

How to progress this drill? 

  • Setup markers for different lengths
  • Use a baseball for older groups and a bigger ball for younger groups
  • Add more realism to the drill by incorperating other fielding drills
Baseball Drills for 6 Year Olds

Baseball Drill #4: Bucket Aim

Baseball Drills for Kids: Bucket Drop [MindfuseBaseball.com]

Why this drill? Helps younger players develop their throwing technique and more importantly their accuracy. Its a gret little drill setup that can be done at home or on the practice field. 

Details: Setup 5 buckets that force the player to throw and aim in different directions. Again there are many ways to control how this drill is played out; you could number the buckets and call a bucket to aim for. You could also assign different points to each bucket. Finally face players off against each other. 

 

How to progress this drill? 

  • Vary the distances of the buckets – just remember don’t sacrafice distance for accuracy
  • Increase a competitive natured game that increases decision making under pressure
Baseball Drills for 6 Year Olds

Important Things to Remember When Coaching 6 Year Olds

Again, to wrap everything up it’s important that however you plan or deliver your drills and activities for this age group, is that you focus on: 

  • Keeping things simple
  • Creating a fun environment
  • Encouraging mistakes and learning from those mistakes

Baseball drills are just that – drills. It’s the knowledge, experience and energy you bring as a coach which will ultimately define how well you players develop and how much fun they have. 

Remember, don’t overcoach and allow them to learn and progress at a pace that doesn’t turn them away from the game forever!

 

=> Next baseball drills guide: Baseball Drills for 7 Year Olds

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