Teaches the fielder to use two hands when receiving the ground ball.


Players line up approximately 15 feet apart from each other on the infield. Players get on their knees. They have a paddle on their glove hand.

Players roll the ball back and forth.


  • Players take turns rolling a tennis ball to each other.
  • The person receiving the ball catches it with two hands.

Coaching Tips:

  • Players should receive the ball out front with the bare hand coming down on the paddle hand.
  • To increase difficulty, throw short hops instead of rolling the ball.

Tips for Younger Athletes:

  • Encourage them to keep their eyes on the ball throughout the drill, enhancing their focus and improving hand-eye coordination.
  • Teach them the proper positioning of the paddle hand – it should be flat and stable, ready to receive the ball.
  • Emphasize the importance of soft hands when catching the ball, which means absorbing the impact gently to prevent the ball from bouncing off.

Tips for Older Athletes:

  • Introduce variations in the speed and direction of the roll or throw, helping them adapt to different types of ground balls they might encounter in a game.
  • Encourage them to work on their wrist flexibility and strength, allowing for quicker and more secure catches, especially on tough short hops.
  • Practice transitioning from the catch to a standing position quickly and efficiently, simulating real game situations where rapid response is essential.