Little League Fielding Drills – Scoop Drill

This is a great [tag]Little League fielding drill[/tag] to help little league players learn which way to use their glove. 

What you need:  Plastic milk jugs with the bottoms cut out.  One half also needs to be cut out.  It should resemble the set up of a baseball glove, with one side cut out, so it looks like a scoop.

How this drill works:  Since a scoop is something that is carried outside the hand, younger kids will be able to manoeuver the scoop easier than having a glove on their hand.  With the scoop shaped similar to a glove, they will begin to understand glove positioning.

When you are instructing the kids on how to use their ‘scoop’, show them where the scoop goes in certain situations.  Show them grounders, waist level tosses, and shoulder / head level tosses.

Results:  What you want to show the kids is how their glove is just like the scoop.  When the have the web side down for grounders the ball rolls into the glove, etc. 

1 Comment

  • Coach Paul

    Reply Reply February 24, 2016

    This drill provides two major problems. Perhaps more, if I spent additional time analyzing it. The hand position on a scoop is nothing like on a glove. With a scoop, the hand is in a neutral position. When fielding with a glove, the hand is externally rotated. With a scoop, you can only roll the ball to the glove side of the child’s body because there would be no way to roll the scoop to effectively cover the back hand side. Kids should learn as early as possible how to use their back hand and developing proper fielding techniques. This is the same idea of having to learn when to catch a thrown ball with the fingers up or down. Most kids try to catch exclusively one way or the other and should be shown the proper way as early as possible by trying to throw to their belt height instead of trying to throw everything to their chest or shoulder height. Also, beginners should wear a face mask to protect against injury. They will emulate the throwing mechanics they see from their parent, instructor and the ball should not be flicked from the wrist or tossed like a dart too softly using bad mechanics. The mechanics they see will become the mechanics they use.

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