Purpose

To practice fielding the ball with a backhanded catch. (Note: a backhand catch is when a player has to cross their body with the glove hand in order to catch the ball. This is a critical defensive skill all infielders must master).

Set Up

  • Divide your players up into single file lines based on how many coaches you have available. If you have two coaches, make two lines.
  • All players should have a glove.
  • Coach should stand 15 feet in front of each line.
Backhand Softball Infielder Drill
Coach rolls the ball out to the fielder for a backhanded catch

Instructions

  1. Drill begins with coach throwing a ground ball to backhand side of first player in line. Fielder should be in a good ready position prior to the throw.
  2. Once ball is thrown, fielder should move in the direction of the ball while keeping the glove open.
  3. After making the catch, the fielder throws the ball back to the coach and returns to the end of the line.
  4. Coach repeats drill with each player in line.

Coaching Tips

As players take their turn in front of the line analyze their “Ready Position” to field the ball:

  • Feet should be shoulder width apart
  • Knees should be slightly bent
  • Both hands should hang between the knees loosely
  • Body weight should be on balls of the feet, with a slight forward lean
  • Players should keep their eyes on the ball & observe the ball going into the glove

Make it harder: Mix it up with different types of ground balls – forehand, backhand and short hops

Make it easier: Roll the ball slowly to an area marked by a cone


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