Works on getting off the mound, fielding the ball and throwing to first.

Drill Setup

  • Place three baseballs along first baseline and three along third baseline.
  • Pitcher stands on the mound.

How it Works

  1. Pitcher simulates a pitch. Coach yells “first” or “third.”
  2. Pitcher breaks off mound runs to the appropriate baseline, picks up the baseball and throws it to first.
  3. First base technique – pitcher should step back from the line before throwing so he doesn’t hit the runner in the back. Here left-hand pitchers should circle around the ball so they are in better position to square up and throw.
  4. Third base technique – pitcher should turn and point shoulders and feet toward first before before throwing to ensure an accurate throw.

Coaching Tips

  • This drill allows pitchers to determine whether to pick up the ball with one hand or two hands.
  • Stress to players to use one hand as last option. They should always field the ball with two hands if there is time.
  • When picking up the ball, plant hard with throwing site foot. The player should also push the ball into the ground to get a good grip on it.
  • Pitcher should always call for the ball -“mine, mine, mine.”