A hitting drill that our kids do is called the "4 Corners Drill", actually for bunting.
Our players divide up into four groups of how ever many. They gather around each of the bases and the plate of our diamond. A player uses the plate or base as a home plate and stands ready to drag, squeeze, or sacrifice bunt with another player pitching from his knee about 10 feet away. There is also a catcher, and the other players field with bare hands.
Each player bunts the ball 5 times and then everyone rotates until all three types of bunts are laid down correctly, making sure that fundamentals are being done, with a coach at each station.
A great drill we use for hitting is to use badminton birdies. Simply have a coach stand 10-15 feet from the batter and throw the birdies into the strike zone. This drill enables batters to take LOTS of swings in a relatively short period of time. It also allows the coach to place the "pitch" exactly where he wants it, thus enabling the batter to work on weak areas of their swing.
Another drill we use is a variation on the traditional "soft toss"; rather than baseballs, we toss mini marshmallows so the batter is forced to fine tune his swing for the smaller target. You wouldn't believe how big a baseball looks after this.
Put a weighted donut on your regular baseball bat and hit eight baseballs. (overload)
Hit eight baseballs with a fungo bat. (underload)
Hit eight baseballs with your regular bat.
I conduct this drill in a soft toss situation and do 2 sets 2-3 times a week. Over the course of 4-to-6 weeks you should see a positive increase in bat speed.
Make a couple of bats from broomsticks about 30" for little league. Purchase practice plastic golf balls at any sporting goods store. Have players break up into two groups of four, one player pitching, one hitting and two others for retrieval.
At first players will have difficulty making contact but with concentration on point of contact they will begin hitting consistently.
Purpose: To improve players bunting technique.
Procedure: A protective screen is in the middle of the pitching area. The drill has two pitchers and two catchers. Pitcher one is in front of the protective screen and throws to home plate. Pitcher two is behind the protective screen and throws to second base. Each pitcher has a bucket of baseballs and each catcher has an empty bucket. The hitters are divided into two groups, with one group at home plate and the second group at second base.
Hitter 1 bunts a specific bunt and runs to first base, while at the same time, hitter 2 bunts a specific bunt and runs to third base. Then the hitters jog to the ends of the opposite lines. For time efficiency, the balls not contacted by the hitter are placed in the catcher's ball bucket, thereby allowing the pitcher to prepare for the next pitch.
Paint several baseballs with different bright colors (solids, of course) and place in a bucket behind mound. Have assistant place ball in glove of pitching coach (ball hidden from batter). Pitcher checks color of ball then calls out any color or the actual color of ball in glove. The batter can only swing at the ball that matches the color the coach called out, and if the pitch is in the hitting zone.
Soft toss two balls at once. Just before tossing, coach tells batter which color to hit.
If you only have white baseballs - tell batter to hit top or bottom ball.
Purpose: Development of quicker hips and the relationship of hip speed to the entire swing.
Procedure: Place a bat behind the waist, horizontal to the ground, and use a glove as home plate. While holding the ends of the bat in the hands, assume a normal batting stance and watch an imaginary pitch being delivered. Execute a stride and quick turn using the bat to help turn the hips faster. Finish in the proper contact point position.
Hit Or Die!
That's what I call my latest drill to catch their interest before they know what it's all about. Ever get tired of telling the hitter he needs to stay back and wait in order to hit the outside pitch? When they go the "other way" the whole swing changes, they loose their hips or twist their torso to inside-out the ball?) and watch for proper reaction. Repeat this drill until the hitter's natural reaction is to turn away. Good Luck!
Try This: Turn the hitter sideways in the tunnel as if you were to do flip ups into the net right in front of him.
Now stand directly to the side of him so you are facing directly at his chest. Give him a few soft tosses right at him and make him keep his same swing. After a couple now back off to about 20-25 feet and pitch overhanded directly at his belt buckle.
Obviously, you are not throwing your hardest, but keep the speed up so the ball isn't arcing, a moderate pitch. Now when he strides, he must keep his hands back or the ball hits him. I'm not nuts guys, believe me, they hit the ball AND they stay back.
They can now say they survived HIT OR DIE!
Remember, when a batter has a good swing, any kind of hitting drill is good for him. Variety is the spice of life doing drills also.
Hitting To All Fields
I have found this drill will help younger players learn to hit inside and outside pitches and learn "their pitch".
Split your team into 2 equal teams talent wise. Set a line of cones or other suitable separators directly down center field.
Play "over the line" and alternate between left field and right field. Have a coach pitch from the mound or regulation distance.
We will play a 4-inning game, closing the right side the first inning, then closing the left side the next. It is imperitive that your coach who is pitching is accurate. For right handers, when left field is closed your pitcher must pitch to the outside so they can "go with the pitch" and have a chance to hit to right.
When right field is closed and left is open, your pitcher must give "middle-in" pitches. We give our hitters 3 strikes. All other "over the line" rules that you deem fit apply. Of course another benifit is defensive glovework.
This game forces your hitters to hit the outside pitch that they will inevitably see when they are behind in the count. It also allows them to attack "their pitch" (for most hitters, the middle in pitch)
The Importance Of Motor Skill Development.