Re: First Season As Youth Head Baseball Coach
I coached that same age group last year for the first time.
One good thing to do in initial practices is base running drills.
Teach them to run thru the bag at first (i.e. don't stop on the base)
Teach them to round the bag if the ball's in the outfield and to listen to the coach.
Teach them to hold on a ball in the air with less than 2 outs. We had them line up at first and a coach either threw a ball up in the air and they had to stay or he threw it on the ground and they had to go.
Teach them to run first to third and watch the 3rd base coach.
Have your college pitcher or another coach throw BP for awhile first so the kids get batting practice with pitches they can hit. When you get closer to the games let the kids pitch to each other.
Above all make sure the kids are having fun and move the kids around some to different positions. Stick your best players in the outfield for at least one inning so others get a chance to play infield.
One more important thing to teach with this age group is how to be a good team mate. Pull for your team mate, don't criticize. And how to be a good sport with the other team - win or lose.