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The following fielding drills are demonstrated:

Fielding Drills


Infield Drills
  • 4 Corners
  • Basic Fielding
  • Circling
  • Paddle Drill
  • Partner Fielding
Outfield  Drills
  • 500
  • Batted Fly Balls
  • Coach Toss Outfield Drill
  • Football Drill
  • Outfield Ground Balls
  • Over Shoulder



4 Corners

  • With a group of 4, make a square.
  • Work on fielding ground balls between the 4 players.
  • Go clockwise, counter clockwise, and diagonally.

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Basic Fielding

  • Ready.  Creep step.  Approach. 
  • Right-left-down. 
  • Throwing hand on top. 
  • Shovel hands with ball back and up. 
  • Right-left-throw (align shoulders, set feet). 
  • If lateral movement required then pivot/crossover.

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Circling
 

  • Shortstops circle balls hit to the right side and in.

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Paddle Drill
 

  • Ready.  Creep step.  Approach. 
  • Right-left-down. 
  • Throwing hand on top. 
  • When ball hits hand, shovel hands back and up. 
  • Right-left-throw (align shoulders, set feet). 
  • If lateral movement required then pivot/crossover.

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Partner Fielding
 

  • Partner up players.
  • Roll ball on ground between partners.
  • Work on good footwork and transferring ball from glove to throwing hand.

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500
 

  • Group players out in outfield,
  • Coach throws a fly ball towards group, calling out a point value, 100, 200, 300, 400, or 500.
  • Players catch ball and earns points.
  • When a player reaches 500 the game begins again.

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Batted Fly Balls
 

  • Ready position.  Creep step. 
  • Get behind/underneath ball. 
  • “W” with thumbs. 
  • Set up, crow hop and throw.

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Coach Toss
 

  • Coach underhand tosses the ball up in the air for player to catch.

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Football Drill

  • Coach plays quarterback.
  • One player is receiver.
  • One is the safety.
  • Receiver runs route trying to get open, safety tries to defend receiver.

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Outfield Ground Ball
 

  • Safe vs. speed pickup. 
  • Approach, field, for speed pickup slow down on approach.
  • Field ball to glove side, crow hop/throw

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Over Shoulder

  • Player faces coach
  • Coach points in one direction, directing the player to run.
  • Coach throws a fly ball in front of player.
  • Player should get under ball, use two hands, be ready to throw ball into infield.

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