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Backhand Rake Fungo Drill

Skill Set: Infield

Difficulty Level: Medium

Number of Athletes and Coaches: 2-3 athletes and 1 coach, or 4 athletes as partners

Average Time to Complete: 10 minutes

Equipment Required: Gloves, fungo bat, bucket of baseballs

Goal: Stay low to field the ball backhanded, push through the ball with the glove

Description of the Drill:

• Partners in defense ready position at least 60 feet away from coach in a line (can also be done at infield positions)

• Coach hits a grounder to the backhand side of the player (towards their throwing hand)

• Player angles their feet so that their glove shoulder is pointing to the ball to field backhanded

• Player stays low and keeps their eyes on the ball, pushes the glove through the ball to rake it up, then sets feet to throw

• Player then tosses the ball off to the side into a pile and gets back in line

• Coach hits backhanded grounders until each player has had 10 repetitions

Add Difficulty:

• To add a degree of difficulty, coach can hit short hops to players

• To add a degree of difficulty, players can throw the ball to another player covering 1st base

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Backhand Rake Fungo

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From GameChanger and USA Baseball.

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