The handling of ground balls is essential to the success of any team. Infield drills will help the team improve it proficiency in this area. These drills can be applicable to the entire team and not just the infielders.
There are two kinds of drills for infielders. The first set of drills addresses the handling of the ground ball, getting into a good throwing position, and making a good throw. In addition to the drills on this page, you will find more drills that works on this aspect of the game on the softball throwing drills page.
The second set of infield drills speaks to situational positioning of players during the game. Who covers what base, when, for instance, a team is bunting? We will review some basic strategy on the softball practice drills page.
First, let’s talk about the 4 step method of picking up a ground ball. The player is first in the ready position, on her toes ready to charge the ball.
As the ball approaches, the player steps forward with her glove side foot as she picks up the ball with her glove.
As the player brings the ball up to her midsection, she steps with the throwing hand foot.
The player then turns her hips and "points" toward the base she is about to throw to with her glove side arm, stepping forward with her glove side foot, while raising to throw the ball. She is now in position to throw the ball.
The player then makes a throw to the base by throwing the ball at the same time stepping with her throwing arm foot to put her body into the throw.
This can be turned into a drill by lining your team up in two lines and having one line roll ground balls to the other line as the second line players do the 4 steps. After a few minutes, you then change lines on who is rolling the ground ball.
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