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.
- 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
Part 1: Creep Step
- The coach calls â€œCreepâ€ 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.
Part 2: Charge
- The coach calls â€œChargeâ€ and the player charges the ball by taking a few steps forward quickly and with control.
Part 3: Breakdown
- The coach calls â€œBreakdownâ€ 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.
Part 4: Field
- The coach calls â€œFieldâ€ 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.
Part 5: Throw
- The coach calls â€œThrowâ€ 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
- 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.