Judd sent this one to me last week. A great example of a baseball pop up drill that doesn’t require a coaching PhD to figure out.
We usually finish off baseball practice with this one. It is designed to teach the players how to judge pop-ups and the proper way of
letting every one know that you are going to “call” it. It’s called simply the pop-up drill (although my youngest daughter sometimes
refers to it as the “pop-up of death” drill).
I have the whole team gather around me in a loose group-stretching their arms out so that they are at least arms length away from all
the other players. I then randomly throw the ball up in the air.
The players then have to decide if it is one that they can catch and then “call for it”. They are awarded points for “calling” for
the ball loudly, making the catch or stepping back to allow someone else who has called the ball to make the catch.
The first player to 10 points get to sit down. This continues with me alternating where I throw the ball until everyone has reached
10 points. The player who finishes last then has to run the bases while the rest of the team cheers loudly for him, and some times
even chase him around the bases.
This teaches them to judge pop-ups, take control of a fly ball, as well as avoid collisions with other fielders. My kids love
this-especially the ritual of chasing the last one around the bases. Hope this will be helpful. So far I am really loving some of the
drills that I am seeing-especially the ones that become games and contests. I find that my players much prefer these kinds of drills.