To practice fielding ground balls in a fun, competitive way.
- Divide team into groups of four.
- Make a square shape with each foursome.
- One player should be at each corner of the square with about 50 feet separating each player.
- One player in each foursome should have a ball. No gloves are necessary for this drill.
- On the coach’s whistle, the player with the ball should roll the ball to the next person in a clockwise direction.
- Without a glove, player must move to the ball, bend their knees and field the ball with two hands.
- Players should see how quickly they can roll and field the ball around the square.
- After they have that down, add a second ball to the mix, so there are two going at once.
- This is a good drill to use to identify a player struggling with fielding ground balls. You can always pull a player out of the square to work with them individually while the rest of the players continue the drill as a triangle shape instead of a square.
- Make it harder: Increase the size of the square. Allow players to throw the ball in any direction – left, right or diagonally across the square. Throw short-hops, low ground balls and high ground balls.
- Make it easier: Add a coach into each group of four to demonstrate, correct and encourage.