Purpose:

This drill focuses on improving players’ ability to field the ball on the run, using either their forehand or backhand.

Setup:

Players position themselves 15 feet apart on the field.

Player ranges to her right to field the ground ball with her forehand.

Instructions:

  • Players roll the ball to the side of each other, requiring them to run a few steps to field it.
  • They practice using both their backhand and forehand to field the ball.

Coaching Tips:

  • Ensure players stay low with their bottoms down to field the ball effectively.

Tips for Younger Athletes:

  • Emphasize the importance of eye-hand coordination: Focus on teaching them to watch the ball into their glove.
  • Practice footwork: Work on their ability to move laterally and quickly to the ball, emphasizing small, quick steps.
  • Develop basic fielding techniques: Teach them to use two hands for fielding the ball whenever possible for better control.

Tips for Older Athletes:

  • Improve reaction time: Focus on drills that enhance their ability to react quickly to the ball’s direction.
  • Advanced fielding techniques: Work on fielding the ball with one hand in situations where they need to extend their range.
  • Emphasize agility and balance: Incorporate agility drills to improve their ability to field balls while on the move, maintaining balance and control.