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Knee Short Hops Drill

Skill Set: Infield

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: Balls and gloves

Goal: Field the ball as soon as it bounces off of the ground and push your glove through the ball

Description of the Drill:

• Partners 10 feet apart on knees facing each other

• Players lean forward on knees, keep their back flat and bend at the hips

• Partners throw short hops to each other so the ball bounces just in front of the other partner at a slow to medium speed

• Receiving partner stays leaned forward, up off their heels, with their glove out in front of them

• Receiving partner catches ball as soon as it bounces off of the ground and pushes their glove through the ball toward their partner

• Partners throw short hops back and forth to each other until each partner has had 10 repetitions

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Add Difficulty:

• To add a degree of difficulty, players can turn slightly so that their throwing shoulder is slightly pointed to their partner and field short hops forehanded, still on their knees

• To add a degree of difficulty, players can turn so that their glove shoulder is pointed to their partner and field short hops backhanded, still on their knees

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From GameChanger and USA Baseball.

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