This is a line drive and pop up fielding drill which teaches players to catch three types of fly balls. (Line drive right at them, line drive that they must stretch for, and last a flyball that they must sprint to catch)
Line your players up in a single file line, players should start on the fair line just behind first base at the edge of the outfield grass.
The coach will be in right-center field with a bucket of balls.
The players will be running in a straight line about 50 to 60 feet away from the coach. (Running from first towards second.) One player at a time with their gloves.
The coach starts by throwing a line drive right at the players and the player catches it and while still running
The coach throws the second ball in front of the same player making her reach to catch it, while the player is still running
The coach throws the third ball, which is a high pop fly out away from the player that she must track down and catch it.
After player one has taken her turn she retreats and picks up the three balls and returns to the back of the line and it is time for the next player.
Keys To This Drill
Once the player starts running (she never stops nor hesitates) she sprints all the way, catching all the balls on the run.
Once the players catches a ball she quickly throws it down and looks for the next ball.
There is a big difference between running and sprinting. We like our players to sprint while doing this drill.
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