Karin sent this one to me last week. A great idea for [tag]softball and coaching[/tag] [tag]outfielders[/tag] that doesn’t require a coaching PhD to figure out.
Drop Step / Cross Over
Here is a [tag]softball[/tag] [tag]drill[/tag] that works well for our team.
One [tag]outfielder[/tag] stands facing you (approximately 5 ft) in “ready position”.
[tag]Coach[/tag] holds out ball with arm straight out and then moves ball to either the right or left side. Player’s first step is to drop back with the foot the side the ball is on. Player continues on cross over step until coach moves the ball to the other side. Player then drops back with the other foot and does the cross over step. Coach moves ball from the left side to the right at least 4-5 times and then [tag]throws[/tag] a high fly ball to the side the player is doing the cross over step.
If player has time they should catch the ball, plant their feet and make a good throw. If player is quick enough, they can come back to the ball and time it and make a good throw. Each player takes a turn.
Coach should throw 4-6 times to each player depending on your group size. Players should use quick feet work and go at full speed.