To improve throwing technique and arm strength.
- Group your players into pairs based on similar throwing/catching abilities.
- All players should have a glove, and one player in the pair should have a ball.
- Make two lines, with pairs facing each other about 10 feet apart to begin.
How it Works
- To begin, player with the ball throws the ball to their partner.
- Partner catches the ball and throws the ball back.
- If both players successful execute a good throw and catch, both players take one step back and begin the drill again.
- Every time they pair both execute one good throw and catch from the new distance, they take a step backwards.
- If a poor throw or bad catch happens, players remain at that distance a few extra reps until a good catch and throw is made by each player.
- After each catch, take a moment to grip the ball using a four-seam grip. Place the index and middle fingers across the seams so the “horseshoe” portion is facing sideways, making a backwards “C.” Younger players may need to place three fingers across the top of the ball instead of two.
- For more accuracy and velocity, hold the ball in your fingertips, not your palm.
- Emphasize cocking the wrist as the throwing arm is brought back into the “L” position.
- Point the glove side shoulder toward the target and step into the throw with the glove side foot.