Hi Ann: I am a former Div. I vb/sb player and college coach and a parent here on Weplay. I would suggest that you first increase her leg, hip and core strength with a solid program that emphasizes the glutes and hamstrings. Squats and Lunges are the most effective. Then do speed training drills and teach her how to properly run the bases. Over time with strength and speed training and running the bases well will make her faster at getting around the diamond. Please consider visiting my website: www.femaleathletesfirst.com. I am the owner and I specialize in training female athletes. We have strength training programs available for sale from the site. Good Luck. Margaret
The first answer is terrific but not really in english for a nine year old playing ball; I don't want to put down any conditioning or training but training a nine year old? Do children really NEED professional training before their bodies are through growing? Are their bodies ready for the hyper-development? I suppose that's a WHOLE other debate (sorry)
Ann - do you mean she doesn't run to first with intent to get there?
Or she doesn't care about getting there?
Maybe she doesn't have 2nd in mind as she's going to first?
Is it a blinder type vision : she seems to think she can only go to one base at a time?
Do you want her to understand the principles of baserunning or run faster?
The two things that help younger kids is understanding that they can do things faster than they already are. Most children have problems with running technique. Do her arms go across her body or do they pump on the side? If this is the case work on her form. Is she having problems driving her legs to get into the sprint motion. Then draw an agility ladder on your drive way 12x12 squares and have her step in each box, then sprint, then high knee. Eventually you can work on the fast feet stuff in the ladder too. Which will help.