Pitcher works on covering first base when ball is hit to right of first baseman

Drill Setup

  • Pitcher stands on the mound.
  • Coach is in the first base area of the field.
Simulate a pitch and sprint to first

How it Works

  1. Pitcher simulates a pitch to home.
  2. He then turns and runs straight for the first cut in the infield grass.
  3. At that cut, he turns and runs parallel with the baseline to the first base bag.
  4. Coach tosses the ball to the pitcher at the bag.
  5. Pitcher touches the bag with his foot for the out.
  6. Variation 1 – coach bobbles ball. Pitcher sets up like first baseman at the bag to receive the throw.
  7. Do 5-10 repetitions.
Pitcher covers first base

Coaching Tips

  • Upon reaching the first cut and turning parallel to the base path, pitcher should take short, choppy steps to the bag.
  • Push off toward the infield after touching the bag and then determine what is going on with the rest of the game.
  • Tell the pitchers: “Play the game, don’t get caught watching the game!”
  • Pitcher should keep hands up to give the thrower a target.
  • Tag the inside third of the bag.
  • Keep out of the path of the runner – don’t drift into the baseline.