Victor Community Baseball Skills Chart
In an effort to provide a more consistent and comprehensive message to our Players and Coaches, the VCBS has developed a Skills Chart that identifies the key Baseball skills, and the age they should be introduced to young players. The chart was developed with input from our coaches and local high school and college coaches. The goal of this Chart is to:
- introduce skills at an age when the player will be able to understand the skills they are being taught.
- have the underlying, more fundamental skills in place to allow them to pursue new skills correctly.
- expose the player to all fundamentals and avoiding missing key skills due to coaching styles and coverage
- provide the coaches with a roadmap that will help them focus their practices.
The chart is not intended to restrict the skills that coaches teach. We do ask that they focus on the skills that have been identified for their age level at every practice, and reinforce the skills that were taught at the lower levels. The Coaches Clinics that are held at the beginning of each Spring Season discuss the skills that should be taught at each age level and provide examples of drills that can be used during the season.
VCBS Skill Focus by League
||Throwing: Gripping the Baseball|
|Hitting: Batting Grip and Where to Stand in the Batters Box|
|Fielding: Glove Positions and Watching the Ball|
|Base Running: Run thru First Base & Stopping at 2nd, 3rd & Home|
||Throwing: Proper Throwing Motion and Crow Hop|
|Hitting: Batting Stance and Watching the Ball|
|Fielding: Thinking Before the Ball is Hit, Calling for the Ball and Backing Up|
|Base Running: Running the Bases|
|Catcher: Glove Positions and Stance|
|Teamwork: Supporting your Teammates, Staying Alert and Hustling|
||Pitching: Grip, Pitching Mechanics and Follow Through|
|Hitting: The Swing, Strike Zone and Avoiding Being Hit|
|Fielding: Playing Outfield|
|Fielding: Playing Infield|
|Fielding: Calling Outs, Plays, Relays and Where to Throw|
|Base Running: When to Run and Taking Extra Bases|
|Base Running: Rundowns, Signs and Stealing|
|Teamwork: Handling Failure (Strike Outs, Errors and Losing)|
||Pitching: Pitch Counts, Change-Ups and Covering First|
|Hitting: Pitch Count, Bunting, Hitting the Ball Where it's Pitched|
|Fielding: Rundowns, Infield In and Bunt Defenses|
|Fielding: Double Plays, Underhand Toss, Covering Steals and CutOffs|
|Catcher: Blocking Balls, Throwing to Bases, Pitch Count and Framing|