Purpose

This drill helps players learn to make a leaping catch over their heads – useful for high line drives or bad throws for fellow fielders

Set Up

Player and partner stand roughly 10 yards apart. Adjust the distance for different skill levels.

Execution

  1. The partner begins with the ball, and throws a soft line drive a few inches above the players head.
  2. The player jumps up to catch the ball, then returns it to the partner
  3. Repeat, increasing the height of the throw by a few inches each time, until the player needs to make a full jump and stretch to reach the ball with their glove.

Coaching Tips

  • You can also add in a base and practice coming down with your heels on the edge of the bag (especially useful for first basemen)

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