Throwing Drills
Teaching Cutoffs and Accuracy

Outfield throwing drills work on your team's ability to accurately hit the cut off. In addition, you also want to work on throwing accuracy from the outfield to home plate. You never know when you might need a game saving throw from an outfielder.



When working on the drills listed below, make sure you have your player in the cut off position properly position herself to take and deliver the throw. That split second could be the difference between a win and loss. For more information on this, please review the information on the softball practice drill page, the softball tips page and the bunt defense page. Constantly drilling your outfielders on where to be in any given situation will only make your team stronger. Every player, regardless of position, has a responsibility on every play.

The throwing drills below are simple to organize but will yield positive improvement in your team's defensive abilities.

Below are specific throwing drills to teach certain techniques necessary for your team to be successful. Each will be highlighted below.


Name of Drill: Fly Ball & Cut Drill
Who: Primarily Outfielders, but good for entire team
Duration: 20 minutes
Explanation: The object of this drill is to practice catching fly balls and then the proper execution of the relay throw.

Fly Ball & Cut throwing drill


Position players in two lines in the outfield. One player is in the deep outfield, the other in a position to be the relay. Finally, have a player catching for you. Hit the ball to the deep player who catches the ball (after positioning her feet properly) and relays the ball to the cut-off player (who catches and throws the ball properly positioning her feet) who then throws the ball to the person catching. Each player takes three hits. The deep player moves to the cut off line, the cut off player comes in and catches, and the catcher goes out to the deep line. Repeat to give every player an opportunity to be both the deep fielder and the cut-off.

Worked on: Finding a pop up, properly calling for the ball, team work, proper foot work in handling and throwing the ball.




Name of Drill: Fly Ball Drill
Who: Primarily Outfielders, but good for entire team
Duration: 20 minutes
Explanation: The object of this drill is to practice calling for the ball, catching fly balls, and backing up the play.

Fly Ball throwing drill


Position players in two lines in the outfield about thirty feet apart. Hit the ball between the two players. One player should call and catch the ball while the other player backs the play up. Player in the right line moves to the left line, the left line player comes in and catches and the catcher goes to the right line.

Worked on: Finding a pop up, properly calling for the ball, team work, proper foot work in handling and throwing the ball.

Competitive Game: Proceed as above and see how many in a row the pair can catch, having properly called for the ball and positioned their feet to make the throw.




Name of Drill: Trash Can Throw
Who: Entire Team
Duration: 20 minutes
Explanation: The object of this drill is to practice accurate throws from shallow outfield to home plate.

Trash Can throwing drill


Have all of the players line up behind second base in the shallow outfield. Have one player step up to field the ball. Hit a ground ball up the middle. The player fields the ball and throws the ball into the trash can lying on its side on home plate (open end towards second base). You can also teach the players how to "crow hop" with this drill by placing an empty bat bag in front of the player fielding. They are required to field the ball then crow hop over the empty bat bag while throwing the ball to home plate. The crow hop technique improves the strength of the throw.

Worked on: Fielding ground balls, accuracy of the throw, proper foot work in handling and throwing the ball.

Competitive Game: Proceed as above and position players in two teams in the outfield. Each team takes an alternative turn behind second base. Hit a ground ball up the middle. The player fields the ball and tries to throw the ball into the trash can lay on its side on home plate (open end towards second base). Each time the ball goes into the trash can, the team gets one point. The team with the most points wins.




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