Improves outfielders’ reactions to the ball. This is also a good conditioning drill.


The outfielder stands in the outfield, and the coach stands nearby.


Outfielder runs from side to side, catching the ball.



  1. The coach throws a ball to the outfielder’s left. The player runs and catches it, then throws it back.
  2. Next, the coach throws a ball to the player’s right. They run and catch it and throw it back.
  3. The drill continues in this manner, with the coach alternating sides.

Coaching Tips: 

  • The coach should throw a mix of fly balls, line drives, and ground balls.
  • The outfielder should be getting behind the ball when possible, and using good footwork for momentum when throwing.