Outfielding Drill Series: Part 3
Dead Ball Drill:
When a ball is dead in the outfield, and runners are on base, you need your fielders to get that ball back to the infield as quickly as possible. In order to do so, your fielders will need to position their bodies in such a way to create to create momentum quickly. When your fielder receives the ball, he should grab it with his bare throwing hand, and the ball should be even with, or slightly behind his back foot, so that when he goes to bend down, he’s loading up his backside leg, creating power. As a coach, pay close attention to how he grabs the ball: is his thumb facing the back side of his shoe? You’ll want to instruct your fielders to think like pitchers in this regard, and create a nice long arm swing for a long, fast throw. After receiving the ball and loading his back leg, your fielder needs to drive his back knee forward towards a target, cutting down the time it takes for that ball to leave his hands. Plant, grab, throw.
Ball Rolling Drill:
One of the big difference in this scenario is that we can leverage the balls momentum to create throwing velocity. As the ball comes off the back wall, your fielder should scoop the ball with both the gloved hand, and the bare throwing hand, then shuffle in the direction the ball is moving towards the target. Shuffle, plant, throw.