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Good baseball coaches leave "no stone unturned," as they say and assume nothing when it comes to baseball fundamental development with youth ballplayers. Here is another example and a fielding drill necessary for that development.
Baseball coaches know the importance of quick hands and quick feet for baseball fielding success. However, most coaches fail to have kids practice or do not know how to coach kids to practice those properly.
The quickest hands in the world are not that useful without quick feet and more importantly, without coordinating the quick feet with quick hands. All fielding drills are dependent on this coordination, so it is important that youth baseball coaches begin with the basics of catching a ball before proceeding to more advanced fielding drills. This may seem elementary, but except for the advanced players, most youth-baseball players need a lot of practice to get their footwork coordinated with their glove work. Without the correct catching technique along with the necessary quickness, good fielding habits suffer.
Many coaches know the quick hands warm-up catch drill, when coaches give players a certain amount of time to see how many catches and throws two players can make in the allotted time. However, before going to that drill, players must learn to coordinate their hands and feet for the best results.
* The key to this fielding drill is getting players to have their throwing side foot land exactly as the ball hits their glove, with the ninety degree turn of that foot, while catching the ball in the center of their body.
Learning this correct fielding drill techniqueis a slow, tedious process for many players, but a necessary one for player development.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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