Practice fielding different types of ground balls and throwing to first
- Coach with fungo bat to left of home plate
- Line of players behind 3B and SS
- Player at Short 1B – roughly 60 feet up the first baseline off to the side
- Fungo 1 alternates ground balls to 3B and SS
- Infielders field grounder and throw to Short 1B
- Short 1B returns ball back to Fungo 1.
Coaching Tips For Throwing:
- Stress accuracy and velocity over quickness.
- The higher you can get the elbow the better chance you have for a more accurate throw.
- Cut off bottom of arm arc to save time. “L” in arm and hand behind the ball.
- Throw a four seam ball which will cause the ball to show more red. All red balls will sail and all white balls (with the seams) will sink. Hold on horseshoe of ball.
- If bad throw, throw low rather than high as we have a second chance with the hop.
- Bad throw at first base, miss left of first baseman, not right, so catcher can be there to back up.
- Be aggressive with your glove hand (pull glove to arm pit to generate power)
- Point knee, hip and shoulder in direction of throw.
For Younger Athletes:
- Focus on the fundamentals of fielding grounders, such as getting in front of the ball, using two hands, and watching the ball into the glove.
- Break down the mechanics of throwing step by step, helping younger players understand each component from gripping the ball to releasing it.
- Use positive reinforcement to build confidence, praising good technique and effort, and providing constructive feedback for areas of improvement.
For Older Athletes:
- Introduce advanced fielding techniques, like backhand plays and quick transitions from glove to throwing hand.
- Teach older players to be aware of game situations, such as knowing the runners’ positions and deciding on the best play.
- Work on exercises to increase arm strength and throwing power, like long toss and resistance band training, to enable stronger throws.