Special thanks to Paul for sending this one in.  If you’ve ever searched for new [tag]coaching softball[/tag] infield drills,you MUST try this out!  The following is a very effective [tag]infield drill[/tag] that I use at every practice. It allows the infielders to take a large number of ground balls in a short time and really develops muscle memory.Coaching Softball
 
I call it the “bucket drill”.  
Players take their position at 1B, 2B, SS, and 3B. There are two [tag]softball[/tag] [tag]coaches[/tag] at home plate, each with a bat and a bucket of balls. There is an empty bucket at each base. The [tag]drill[/tag] consists of three rounds.
 
Round 1 – Coach #1 hits 1/2 bucket of grounders to 3rd baseman who field and throws to 1st baseman who puts balls in empty bucket. At the same time, Coach #2 hits 1/2 bucket of grounders to shortstop who fields and throws to 2nd baseman covering 2B, who puts balls in empty bucket. Next, coaches turn and Coach #1 hits other 1/2 of bucket to 1st baseman who fields and throws to 3rd baseman who puts balls in empty bucket. At the same time, Coach #2 hits other 1/2 of bucket of ball to 2nd baseman who fields and throws to shortstop covering 2B, who puts balls in empty bucket. Players then bring in buckets and refill coaches’ buckets.
 
Round 2 – Coach #1 hits 1/2 bucket of grounders to 3rd baseman who fields and throws to 2nd baseman covering 2B. At the same time, Coach #2 hits 1/2 bucket of grounders to shortstop who fields and throws to 1st baseman. Next, Coach #1 hits other 1/2 of bucket to 1st baseman who fields and throw to shortstop covering 2B. At the same time, Coach #2 hits other 1/2 of bucket to 2nd baseman who fields and throws to 3rd baseman. Players refill coaches’ buckets. (make sure that corners play up and middle infielders plays back during this round to avoid anyone getting hit with throw).
 
Round 3 – Coach #1 hits 1/2 bucket of grounders to shortstop who fields and throws to 3rd baseman. At the same time, Coach #2 hits 1/2 bucket of grounders to 2nd baseman who fields and throws to 1st baseman. Next, Coach #1 bunts other 1/2 buckets to 3rd baseman who fields and throws to shortstop covering 3rd base. At the same time, Coach #2 bunts other 1/2 bucket to 1st baseman who fields and throws to 2nd baseman covering 1st base.
 
This sounds much more complicated then it actually is. It’s a great drill that takes less than 15 minutes and each of the infielders get about 40 grounders, throws, and catches.

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