My daughter has started playing 8u and I'm helping to coach her team. Spring ball was her first time playing and this is my first time coaching. We thought the season was over, and our region decided to put together a 3rd All-Star team and my daughter was picked. I have been watching tons of videos online and doing lots of reading. I'm not seeing much differentiation on training an 8 year old vs training a 16+ year old. Are there any good videos or websites that give insight to teaching hitting/throwing/catching to a younger player? Any recommendations on strength training for 8 year olds? Don't want to go overboard go to the gym and start using machines, just some guidance on same easy basics that can be done at home. Exercises that could be done as a game would be a plus.
Our spring ball season has games on Tues/Thurs and tournaments on weekends so we rarely actually have a practice. This seems kind of flawed to me as you don't really have any time to teach skills. All-Star season has practice twice a week and a tournament on the weekend, but coach just wants to run high repetition drills without slowing things down enough to teach some basic proper footwork or glove work. This leaves me to teach her on my own. I do take her to a hitting coach once a week.