Youth Baseball Fielding DrillsOne of the [tag]youth baseball fielding drills[/tag] I always use is a [tag]baseball drill[/tag] to teach the players to center themselves over a stationary ball.  I call it the Pick Up Drill.

First there is a base hit to the outfield or slow roller in the infield that has rolled to a stop and players position themselves to be pointing to the target they are going to throw to (for example third base to get a runner), and pushing their throwing hand straight down to pick up the [tag]baseball[/tag].

Split the players into two groups and position the same number of balls at various distances. Give the players a minute to get their strategy together (who’s going for the ball the farthest away, etc.)

Next they line-up in single lines and it becomes a relay. They must each run to the ball, pick it up correctly, be positioned correctly, and make an accurate throw to a designated target (a [tag]baseball coach[/tag] at a base), then run back and tag the next player in line.

We usually position coaches at 2nd and 3rd and run this baseball drill from shortstop to left field. We switch the lines each game to give the players a different throw. We usually do this for the best 2 out of 3.

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