Free Softball Drills – Paddle Drill

July 16, 2010 at 1:45 am | Posted in fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop an infelder’s hand-eye coordination. Practicing fielding ball hop is a  good Softball fielding tip.

Procedure: You will be needing softballs and foam paddles. Players start facing each other a short distance apart. One player throws the ball in such a manner as to make the ball hop, simulating a ground ball hit to the infielder. The right-handed infielder assumes the ready position and awaits the throw, keeping his left foot slightly in front of the right. The ball is tossed directly toward the infielder who is holding a foam paddle in each hand. The infielder should use the funnel technique on regular ground balls and the push-through technique on short hop ground bails. The funnel technique involves the infielder cushioning the impact of the ball as it hits the hands. The push-through technique involves the infielder catering the ball by pushing his glove forward through the ball as he points the fingers downward.

The players should strive to make the catch without making any noise. The drill maybe run with hitting softballs using fungo bats to the infielders from home plate.

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