Intro: 5 minutes to talk about what’s going on for the day.
Baseball Tryout Outline
- Playing Catch
- 90 Foot Run
- Outfield throws
- Infield Throws
- Catching pop-times
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Baseball Tryout Drills Should Include:
- Warm-ups: to be done on your own (5 minutes)
- Playing Catch: to be done with a partner, get loose and ready to perform (10 minutes)
- 90 Foot Run: Everyone will run and will start at home plate take a swing and proceed to run to 1st base. 2 people will be recording times with a stopwatch and each player will have 2 opportunities to run if they wish.(8 minutes)
- Runners will be critiqued on form, break down after touching first, and speed.
- Outfield throws: Outfielders will line up in right field, and have a series of pop-ups and grounders presented to them. The objective is to field the balls correctly and have a strong throw home to the catcher. (15 minutes)
- You will be critiqued on your fielding abilities, your velocity on the ball thrown home, and accuracy.
- Infield throws: Infielders will line up at shortstop and have a series of grounders to throw across the field to the first basemen. It will be 3 regular groundballs, 1 backhand, 1 slow roller, and ending with a regular grounder for a total of 6 balls. First basemen will receive 3 grounders and throw across to third base after all the infielders have gone. (15 minutes)
- You will be critiqued on your footwork and glove abilities, your velocity on the ball across the diamond, and accuracy.
- First basement will be critiqued by their receiving ability, along with the same criteria as the regular infielders.
- Catching, pop- times: Catchers will have a player throw 5 baseballs to the catcher and then will throw to second base to another player to then find there pop time. (10 minutes)
- Catchers will be critiqued on receiving abilities, velocity across the diamond, and accuracy on the throw to 2nd base.
- Hitting: All the hitters will have a chance to hit. Each person will receive 2 rounds of 8 pitches. Catchers will go first so they can catch the Pitchers. ( 25 minutes)
- Hitters will be critiqued on their swing, power, and location where they hit the ball. They will be using wood bats to involve a higher concentration of barreling up the ball.
- Bullpens: Pitchers will have 15-20 pitches, consisting of 8-10 fastballs, 2-3 changeups, and 2-3 curveballs. Pitch counts may differ by amount of pitches a player has, and players may be asked to throw more pitches if necessary. (25 minutes)
- Pitchers will be critiqued on their velocity, mechanics, and accuracy of pitches. Looking for good composure and live arms.
Tips for Youth Baseball Team Tryouts
- Have the assistant coaches run the drills so the head coach can evaluate.
- Use a pitching machine if possible to deliver consistent pitches.
- Coaching a player during tryouts may give insight into their coachability and interest in being a good player.
- If possible, take video of the tryout. It could be helpful afterwards to review how a player did on a specific baseball drill.
- Separate age levels
- Determine evaluation process ahead of time so all coaches evaluate consistently.
- Utilize a batting cage
Baseball Tryout Drills
If your team bunts a lot, incorporate a bunting drill.
If you have a batting cage, do front flips and ask hitters to execute situational hitting. Hit ball to right side, hit sacrifice fly.
More info: Essential Hitting Drills
Base Running Drills
Time runners from home to first
Time the runners from second to home.
More info: Basic Baserunning Drills
Four Seam Fastballs
More info: Baseball Pitching Drills
Throws to Second Base
Throws to Third Base
More info: Catcher Drills
Split players into groups of infielders and outfielders.
For younger ages, have them do both infield and outfield.
For younger players, have them all line up at shortstop so you can evaluate them from the same distance from first base.
More info: Infield Drills
Have players line up in right field.
Also evaluate their throws from right field to third base or home.
More info: Outfield Drills
Rotating scrimmage. After a player makes an out the go to the field and all players rotate over one position. The player at first base goes in to hit.
Three team scrimmage. Separate players into three teams of four players.
Indoor Baseball Tryout Drills
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How Do You Set Up a Baseball Tryout?
- Get the word out! Send out emails and texts well in advance of the tryouts.
- Arrange with your local organization or league to get fields or a facility for tryouts with at last two time slots form each team or age level.
- Publicize and advertise on social media. Get yard signs made.
- Remind players the day before the tryouts.
- Put a check in table in a visible spot upon arrival. Make sure someone is staffing the table that can answer questions or direct people to the appropriate person.
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