Purpose

This drill works on the skills needed to quickly and effectively field a ground ball. It breaks down five steps that help a player ensure controlled movements.

Drill Setup

  • This drill can be performed anywhere on the field with the coach standing near the player to call commands.
  • This drill is performed without a ball, but a glove is needed.

How it Works

Five Step Baseball Fielding Drill Creep Step
Creep Step

Part 1: Creep Step

  • The coach calls “Creep” and the player steps into a creep position.
  • Take a small step out with the right foot and then a small step out with the left foot. Feet are slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Keep hands open and ready.
Five Step Baseball Fielding Drill Charge
Charge

Part 2: Charge

  • The coach calls “Charge” and the player charges the ball by taking a few steps forward quickly and with control.
Five Step Baseball Fielding Drill Breakdown
Breakdown

Part 3: Breakdown

  • The coach calls “Breakdown” and the player moves into a position in which he begins to field the ball.
  • Feet are wider than shoulder width apart. Keep head down. The glove hand rests on the ground while the non-glove hand is hovering above. The arms are extended to meet the ball.
Five Step Baseball Fielding Drill Field
Field

Part 4: Field

  • The coach calls “Field” and the player pulls into a fielding position.
  • The player pulls the ball into his midsection, cradling the ball into his chest. Head stays down.
Five Step Baseball Fielding Drill Throw
Throw

Part 5: Throw

  • The coach calls “Throw” and the player stands up and throws.
  • Steps with the right foot inside of the left. Squares shoulders, hips and knees toward target. Releases a strong throw

Coaching Tips

  • Emphasize the importance of holding the non-glove hand above the glove during the Field Position (part 4).
  • After the player masters the mechanics, move to a live drill with real balls.

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