In this pitcher fielding drill, you practice simulating a throw off the mound, setting up the body in the proper position to be able to come off and field the ground ball with two hands, and then being able to properly set the feet up. The emphasis is on catching the ball and getting the footwork set up so that you can get the out quickly and accurately.
1. The pitcher will simulate a throw, and then immediately go into a fielding position, with the glove up and the body in front of the ball.
2. Return a ground ball back to pitcher so that he can practice making the fielding play. While you can roll the ball back to him, it’s best to use a bat to accurately simulate actual game situations.
3. The player will focus on setting the feet and keeping the glove close to the ground.
4. After making the catch, the pitcher will then bring the hands up together, and step, throw.
5. Keep the feet spread so you can move quickly in either direction.
6. Practice moving in all directions
- Charge the ball if it is hit softly
- Cradle the hands and set the feet up, ready to take the proper angle to make the play to the base.
- Remember to catch and control the ball BEFORE trying to make the throw.
- Pulling the head up will pull te glove up and cause you to miss the ball. Keep your head level and see the ball all the way.
- Make sure you have a good drip on the ball before you come up with it to throw.
Complete 5-10 Repetitions