Baseball in the winter can be a challenging sport. As it is not as common outside, there are only a few areas that have setups for people to play.  How do you make the most of winter in Vancouver when playing baseball indoors? Here are a few suggestions and drills that help keep us in shape when we can’t take to the diamond. If indoor winter baseball drills are not on your radar, they should be! You need to keep your skills sharp even if you can’t go out to play as often due to weather conditions.            

Basic Skills – Since this is indoor baseball, you should have your gloves, bats and balls with you. Start with a quick warm up, then have everyone stand in line at the plate (if there is only a few of you). Have everyone hit 3-4 ground balls to each other until they are comfortable and the fielders don’t get too tired.       

This is not a pitch placement drill, but a good way to break the ice. After everyone has hit the grounders, get them to hit some ground balls up the middle – maybe 5 or 6 in a row. Have everyone step into their stance and make sure they keep their eye on the ball. The catcher will hit one of these up to you and you should throw it back to him. Then come back and do this all over again with another group of outfielders (this time hitting fly balls).  

Benefits of Winter Baseball Drills 

If you love the game of baseball, but not the sticky summer heat, you should think about winter baseball drills. It’s true that these drills don’t require as much water and sunscreen as regular practices, but they may yield unexpected results. Here are just some of them:  

-Develop better balance: How would you like to improve your grip while doing a jump drill? Ice water makes an excellent substitute for ice bath and ice packs can help with inflammation.  -Learn to turn double plays: In the summer, it’s easy to get distracted by the rays of sunshine. In winter, there are fewer distractions so you can concentrate on turns at second base.

-Improve your bat speed: If you have trouble hitting balls in the summer, this is a great time to practice. The ball has less bounce and you’re more likely to make solid contact as soon as your bat meets up with it.  

After you’ve mastered some of these drills, you can try them during the regular season. You’ll probably be surprised at how easy it is to adapt to a few simple winter baseball drills. There are a few different types of winter baseball drills you can use to reinforce skills in anticipation of the upcoming season.

Winter baseball drills help players improve their hand-eye coordination, depth perception, and response time. They also provide a fun way for players to keep their minds sharp during the offseason when it is too cold to be playing and practicing outside.

The Bottom Line

Indoor Winter baseball drills help players improve their hand-eye coordination, depth perception, and response time. They also provide a fun way for players to keep their minds sharp during the offseason when it is too cold to be playing and practicing outside.  

The North Shore Twins are a co-ed indoor baseball team based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting baseball and promoting athletic ability as an option for people of all ages.  We can accommodate anyone from the most experienced veteran players to those just learning the game in our instructional league. Please consider joining us!