300 Reps Indoor Baseball Hitting Drill
Thomas Arthur We as a staff here at East Stroudsburg North High School in Northeastern Pennsylvania battle theweather and the elements during our early part of the season and much of the remainder of theseason. The month of March is very difficult because we are indoors (this year up until our firsttwo games), and then periodically throughout the season.We try various drills to keep the players tempo up and their attitudes positive during indoor practice, especially if they have been on our field for practices and then have to come back in(the players seem to "GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS" when inside).
One drill we use is called the "300 Drill."
Our indoor time and space is limited. We have to share with softball and the junior teams as well.Our facility is comprised of two basketball courts with an indoor cage along one wall. Any spaceindoors will be sufficient.We line up our hitting stations along the walls of the gymnasium and the indoor cage. Our hittingstations include:1.Live arm cage hitting2.Flip-drills (soft toss)3.Lead Arm drill (small bat)4.In-Out Tee (two tee)5.Tee station (regular)6.Live bunt drill (incredaballs)7.Swing Away station (Use a "hitting stick" & a rubber plate. One player holds the stick and moves it around the strike zone and the other gets reps hitting the stick in various positions.)8.Thunderstick station (small wiffle balls)We pair players off into groups of two, and start by giving each player an index card with thestations printed on them and columns to register their partner's reps (need a pencil per group). Weexplain to the players that they have to get "300" good contact REPS in the drill. We give eachgroup limited time at each station to ensure they go to each station at least twice.Some rules they must follow are:1.No more than 25 reps per station2.Don't cheat for your partner 3.Shag your station before you rotate to the next4.Don't start until the coach in the cage begins to pitch (this ensures limited time at eachstation because our coach only throws twelve pitches to each batter in the cage 2 buntsand 10 live - and then coach instructs to rotate).5.Stress it is not a speed drill but a REP drill