Outfielders work on making the shoestring catch on balls hit in front of them.

Drill Setup

  • Player and coach stand roughly 10-15 yards apart in an open space.

shoestring catch softball fielding drill

How it Works

  1. Coach throws a ball in front of the outfielder.
  2. Outfielder charges in and tries to make the shoestring catch.
  3. Once she catches the ball she rolls it back to the coach and then runs back out to her outfield position.

Coaching Tips

  • Outfielder should keep glove extended at knee height and have eyes on the ball. She should then shovel the glove out to catch the ball.
  • Reassure outfielders that if the ball hits in front of them it won’t bounce higher than knee height.
  • Players should work on catching both balls in the air and that have bounced off the ground.