This drill simulates fielding a short hop or a tough ground ball. It is an excellent drill for developing “hand quickness.” Keep it fast-paced and fun by turning it into a competition between teammates.
This drill can be performed against any wall where it is safe to bounce a ball (back of the dugout, garage door, or concrete wall). A ball and glove are needed. A “bouncier” ball will come off the wall faster.
- The player stands about 4 yards away from the wall in a low crouched position with his hands apart. (The closer the player is to the wall, the more quickly he will have to react.)
- The player throws the ball against the wall and drops into fielding position.
- The player slides to the right or the left to get in front of the ball and catch it. He cradles the ball into his body as he catches it.
- If the ball goes to the right, the player must use a backhand catch. If the ball goes to his left, the player will use a forehand catch.
- To increase difficulty, a partner or coach can throw the ball against the wall instead of the player
- Create short hops by throwing the ball high off the wall, so it bounces directly in front of you
- Create a line drive by throwing the ball off the ground first. It will bounce off the wall and come straight back on the fly.
- This drill can be set up as a team competition by lining up the entire team against the wall. If a player drops a ball he is out. Play until there is only one player left.