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Basic Receiving Drill

Skill Set: Catching

Difficulty Level: Easy

Number of Athletes and Coaches: 1-2 athletes and 1 coach, or 2 athletes as partners

Average Time to Complete: 5 minutes

Equipment Required: Catcher’s gear, tennis balls (at least 5), can use baseballs

Goal: Let the ball travel to the glove hand instead of reaching out to get the ball

Description of the Drill:

• Catcher in full gear, no glove, in catching position (home plate optional)

• Coach/partner with tennis 10 feet in front of the catcher

• Coach/partner throws the ball softly down the middle of the plate

• Catcher keeps their glove hand relaxed, with their throwing hand behind their back

• Catcher focuses on letting the ball travel to them instead of reaching out to get it, and staying soft with their hands, like they are catching an egg

• Catcher tosses each ball back to the coach/partner and partners rotate after 10 repetitions

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