To practice handling a wild pitch when a runner is on 3rd base.
- Place your infield players in their regular positions.
- Place a runner on 3rd base.
- Coach stands behind the catcher.
- To begin, coach secretly places a softball somewhere behind the catcher while catcher keeps her eyes on the pitcher. (the catcher should not know where ball is placed).
- On the coaches whistle, the base runner sprints toward home plate. At the same time, the catcher must turn around and locate the softball while the pitcher runs to cover home plate.
- When the catcher finds the ball, she tries to quickly toss the ball to the pitcher covering home. The pitcher then tags out the sliding runner.
- When pitcher runs to cover home plate, second baseman should run to the mound as a backup in case the ball is overthrown to home plate by the catcher.
- Rotate through the drill so everyone who plays catcher, pitcher, and second base has a turn running through this drill.
- Encourage your pitcher to help navigate the catcher toward the ball behind them as they run in to cover home plate.
- Make it harder: Throw a live wild pitch and have the catcher chase it down.
- Make it easier: Position the baserunner farther away (even all the way to second base) so your pitchers and catchers have more time to practice the drill.