Practice Drills for Little League Baseball

Quick feet and alignment drill for catchers throwing to second base.

To begin, have your catcher line up straddling a foul line by first or third base, facing the outfield wall.

The Drill
Have each of them practice their jump pivot footwork and throwing motions down the foul line. This can also be done indoors along a

painted line or a seam in the carpet.

The catcher should start from their “Runners On” stance and simulate receiving a pitch right down the middle of the foul line. They

should begin their jump pivot footwork, making sure that when they do the jump pivot that their right foot lands directly on the foul

line followed quickly by their left foot. This will train their feet to get properly aligned toward second base and will help them

make more accurate throws. They can visualize throwing the ball right down the foul line accurately to second as they do this shadow

box drill, or you can actually have them throw to a fielder stationed the proper distance away, if you have the room.

To practice throwing to second base on a tough inside pitch, which I feel is the most difficult throw for a catcher, have the

catchers switch from straddling the line to standing with just their left foot on the line. Have them simulate receiving a pitch

coming down the line. They should then be able to complete their jump pivot with their feet landing on the foul line again. This

drill will help catchers stay properly aligned to their target with their center of gravity and power base underneath them, which

makes for a lot stronger, quicker and more accurate throw.

To work on throwing to second on an outside pitch, have the catcher line up facing down the foul line with their right foot on the

line this time.

In this baseball drill have the catchers simulate backhanding an outside pitch to a right handed batter. There are two basic ways to

make this throw in this drill. The first is with the standard two step jump pivot; however, the catcher’s feet should land just to

the left of the foul by 6 inches or so. The second is only recommended for catchers with really strong throwing arms and is often

referred to as the “Rock and Fire” or plant and throw technique. For this technique have the catcher simulate backhanding the ball

down the foul line while loading up over the right foot. The catcher then needs to step directly down the foul line towards the

target to complete the throw. This technique requires just one step with the left foot, and is an extremely quick and effective

throwing technique provided that the catcher has a quick and smooth transfer of ball from glove to hand and a strong arm as

previously mentioned.

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