By doconnell •  Updated: 04/20/14 •  12 min read

Knowledge of some simple youth baseball coaching tips is a MUST before you begin the season. Have you ever been on a team that had an unorganized coach or didn’t teach you anything? I have! It can be frustrating! Well, let’s make sure you aren’t one of those coaches.

In the area below, you can read through the tips that other visitors have shared with MYB coaches. You can simply browse through the different topics and tips AND/OR share your baseball tips with our visitors! We find it very beneficial for our visitors to see what other coaches are doing around the world!

Also, way down on the page, you will find links to other baseball tips that I feel are important. Just scroll down and enjoy!


Baseball Tip Submissions!

It is human nature for people to enjoy helping others. In baseball, it is even more evident. Please help our national past-time improve by sharing the things that work for you and your players/teams. Read below:

Do you have any good youth baseball coaching tips? How do you teach hitting? What is your most important fielding tip? How do you teach your players to bunt? What type of base-running drills to you like?

Any type of baseball tip is welcome! Please share with MYB!

If you are simply looking for a good drill or idea to use with your team, browse through all the tips below. Feel free to make use of any/all of these ideas with your team.

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Baseball Tips Submitted From Other Coaches!

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Baseball: Making Good Use Of Kitty Litter?

Did you go to the park with your child or with your team and it rained and you had 20 baseballs get ruined? Relax, we have an easy fix here. Bury them …

Baseball Hitting Slumps

Are you struggling at the plate and in a slump? I know it’s easier said than done but try to not be too rough on yourself. ALL hitters have to go through …

Loading Up In Baseball

I managed a 12 year old team and 7 out of my 12 hitters were “loading up” back toward the catcher when the pitch was already on its way. Baseball parents …

Suicide Squeeze: The Ideal Time To Put It On!

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The element of surprise is the key to a successful suicide squeeze. An ideal time to “put it on” is after something a little out of the ordinary has just …

Baseball Pitching Rule High School

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If the bases are empty and the pitcher drops the ball during his delivery, it is a ball ONLY if it rolls across a foul line! Otherwise, it’s no pitch. …

Baseball Catcher’s Tip

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If you want to have your pitcher throw up high to change the eye level on a hitter, simply turn your palm upward after giving your signal.

Baseball Rule On Catch Near Dead Ball Area

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If player makes a catch near a dead ball area with 1 foot completely in the dead ball area and the other foot ON the dead ball line marker, it IS a catch. …

Baseball: Take Advantage Of This Opportunity!

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When you have the opportunity, watch the opposing team during their pregame IF & OF practice. You can see the strong arms, weak ones, the third baseman …

Baseball: Don’t Use The Word Don’t!

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Be very careful with the word “DON’T.” I don’t want to boot another, don’t want to popup again, don’t want to walk another batter, etc. Use the word DO …

Baseball Pitchers: Save Your Strenth

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There are usually only 2 or 3 good hitters on each team. STOP “nibbling” with the weaker hitters, getting behind in the count, running up your pitch count …

Baseball Pitchers: Get Ahead Of Them With Strikes But Get Them Out With Balls!

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There are more swinging strike 3’s on pitches OUT of the strike zone than IN the strike zone. You don’t have to take my word for it. Watch it yourself …

Baseball Hitting: Observe Everything!

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An MLB player was 2 for 2 with 2 doubles. The rest of his team was struggling with NO hits through 6 innings. He was asked by his teammates what he knew …

What Should An Opposing Coach Do When Batter Has An Illegal Bat?

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If a player has an illegal bat, the opposing Coach has the option of an out or the result of the play. Smart coaches will wait until the AB is over. The …

Baseball Catchers: Be Patient!

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Avoid the temptation to take a step or two out to meet a good throw. It’s a common problem at ALL levels of play! Watch for it yourself and you’ll see …

Baseball Rule: Dropped Third Strike

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Baseball Rule – 2 outs & 2 strikes on the hitter. Batter is fooled and he swings at a ball in dirt that then hits him. Ruling is he’s out & no throw needed …

Baseball Pitching: First Things First!

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Watch where the batter stands. Come on, it takes less than a second. If he’s 2 feet from the plate, test him away! If he’s crowding the plate, test him …

Baseball Tip For Outfielders

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Don’t run on your heels for a fly ball. If you do, your head will bounce and you will see 3 or 4 baseballs & not 1. Run on the balls of your feet.

Baseball: Fielding Grounders

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When a grounder goes through an infielder’s legs, 90% of the time it’s because the glove was NOT out far enough in front of the body. You must get the …

Baseball Hitting: “Short To The Ball”

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The very START of the swing is a downward movement. If you don’t believe me, watch Jeter & Youkalis take their practice swings. Many weaker hitters level …

Baseball Rule On Batter’s Interference With Catcher

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The batter has NO OBLIGATION whatsoever to move out of the catcher’s way when a catcher is throwing to 1B, 2B or 3B. The batter can’t move in any way to …

Baseball Rule On Appeal Play

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If a successful appeal of a runner “leaving too early” on a tag up play is the third out, any runs that scored prior to the appeal DO count! Show everyone …

Baseball Base Running Rule

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Baseball Rule HS & lower—If R1 is going to 2B on a possible DP, he must slide or veer off to the side. He can’t stay in the throwing lane or the the …

Baseball Hitting: Level Swing?

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When hitting, it should be one palm facing up and the other facing down ONLY at the point of contact and NOT sooner. At the very START of your swing, the …

Baseball Pitching: Improving Your Control

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Way, way back when I was 10 years old, I had pinpoint control. If I walked 2 in 6 innings it was a lot. Was I something special? Heck no! But I threw the …


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Baseball Catchers: The Pitch Out

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On pitch outs, move out at the very last second so the runner is not tipped off and try to be moving forward when you catch it for better momentum into …

Baseball Pitching: Having A Short Memory

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So what… You made a very bad pitch!

Allow yourself 5 seconds to be annoyed and then calmly get back to work. The next pitch is the ONLY one that matters. …

Baseball Pitching: Make Good Use Of The Inside Corner Too!

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The perfect “low and away” strike is a thing of beauty but don’t ever overlook the “up and in” strike as well. Low & away followed by up and in = very …

Safely Getting The Force Out At Second Base

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On a force out at second base, if possible, the middle infielders should step on the back of 2B. It will give them a little more protection from a sliding …

Good Pick Off Move For Right-Handed Pitchers

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Don’t always wait until you come set before attempting to pick off a runner at first base. Occasionally, start your stretch and BEFORE coming set, go after …

Baseball Fielding Practice

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Are you like the 1,000’s & 1,000’s who take their batting practice much more seriously than their fielding practice? If you are, get over it right now. …

Baseball Pitching North And South?

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Remember, baseball pitching is like geography. It’s north and south & NOT east and west! (No rocking left and right or your foundation may get ruined.) …

Smart Baseball Hitting

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When you come up to bat, make it a part of your normal routine to take a sneaky peek out toward third base. If the third baseman is playing 7 steps behind …

Base Running

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Baseball Myth—When running around the bases, touch the base with your right foot to avoid tripping. Not true! No reason to studder-step & lose valuable …

Loading Up And Swinging

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When loading up and then swinging, remember it’s “back slowly and fast forward.” It’s referred to as the calm before the storm. You don’t want to get sloppy! …

Hitting To Opposite Field Tip

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When hitting to the opposite field, avoid the common mistake of letting up on your swing. This is a very common problem, especially with younger hitters. …


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Off-Field Issues

How much more enjoyable would coaching be if you only had to do the coaching? We all know the answer would be, “A ton!” This section of the web site is not only devoted to assisting a coach with developing quality players, it will also help you when dealing with “off the field” issues.

The reality of coaching is that we have to deal with “off the field” issues and the way you handle those is IMPORTANT.

Below are some coaching ideas that should be helpful to you. I have also placed links to actual experiences I have had while “managing” or playing on a youth baseball team. Take the time to read through some of my stories and learn from my experiences. Some are serious in nature and some are humorous.

If you have a great story of your own, use the “Contact Me” link to send me your story.

Youth Baseball Coaching Tips, Ideas and Articles

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