Purpose:

Players practice getting under control and using proper footwork to throw to a base.

Setup:

Players form a line. The coach draws a line in the dirt about 10-20 feet in front of the line.

 

Players work on their throwing footwork.

Instructions:

Coach says “Go” and the first player in line runs to the drawn line and gets in good fielding position.

Coach says either “1” or “2” and the player fields an imaginary ball and then turns to throw to either first or second depending on whether the coach called “1” or “2.”

Coaching Tips:

When turning to throw, the player’s glove side foot and shoulder should be in line with the target.

Another way to run this drill would be for the coach to call “1” and then after the player turns to throw to first, she turns back and gets in good athletic position again, and the coach then says “2” and she turns to throw to second as well.

Tips for Younger Athletes:

  • Help young players establish a balanced stance before and after fielding the ball. Encourage them to have their feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent for stability during the throw.
  • Emphasize the basics of throwing mechanics, such as proper grip on the ball, elbow positioning, and following through towards the target. This foundational knowledge is essential for their skill development.
  • Instruct them to prioritize accuracy over power in their throws. Practice with moderate speed throws to ensure consistent targeting, which is more important for their stage of development.

Tips for Older Athletes:

  • Encourage players to practice rapid changes in direction. After fielding, they should quickly pivot to align their body with the target base, improving agility and reaction time.
  • Focus on integrating footwork with throwing mechanics. Players should work on smoothly transitioning from fielding to throwing, ensuring that their footwork enhances their throwing balance and accuracy.
  • Introduce variations in the drill to simulate different game situations, like handling slow rollers or sharply hit balls. This helps develop their situational awareness and adaptability to various plays.