At the beginning of the season, I like to use this drill to get to know my players. It helps me to get to know their strengths and weaknesses and how I need to plan my practices.
Player Assessment Drill
I use this drill just to learn about my team.
- I have the kids line up at SS, 2nd, and 1st, equally divided.
- I hit the ball to SS and yell “one”, which means they throw to first.
- The first baseman puts the ball in a bucket.
- Then the next ball I hit to the 2nd baseman and yell “two”.
- He then tosses or throws to the next ss in line simulating a double play, the SS puts the ball in a bucket.
- Then the next SS in line I yell “two”.
- The SS then fields the hit ball from me and underhand tosses or throws to the 2nd baseman, who puts the ball in a bucket.
- Next 2nd baseman in line I yell “one”.
- The 2nd baseman throws to the 1st baseman who puts ball in bucket.
- Once you’re done seeing them at one position you can move them to the next position.
It allows you to see them field, throw, and catch balls from their teammates and allows you to coach knowing their strengths and weaknesses regarding accuracy, arm strength, and fielding ability.