The purpose of this drill is to make sure players are backing up bases correctly, especially outfielders.
- Have players take their positions on the field, including pitcher and catcher. Coach is at-bat.
- Coach announces a situation and hits the ball to an infielder who then on purpose makes either a fielding or throwing error.
For example, you could say “bunt with no one on base.
- The goal here is for players, especially outfielders, to be backing up each infield position correctly.
- On the example below, the third basemen would field the bunt and overthrow first base and the second basemen and right fielder would need to be backing up the play.
- Without telling outfielders you can arrange signals with the infielders to indicate what type of error they should make – for example, a closed fist indicates a fielding error, an open hand indicates a throwing error.
- Allow your infielders to “act” as they make the error and to have fun in this drill.
- You can add baserunners and create more complex situations to really test your players understanding of how to back up plays.