I’m often asked for suggestions for a baseball outfield drill. Here’s a drill sent in by Scott that will pay huge dividends with
Here is one for the group:
Outfield 5-Point Drill
Setup: Bucket on Home Plate, 4 base runners at 2B, 4 in LF, and 4 in RF (medium depth)
Coach hits one hopper to the outfield alternating between LF and RF.
2B runner takes a lead and attempts to reach home before the ball hits the bucket.
Outfielders are awarded 2 points for hitting the bucket, 1 point for a throw online but over the bucket, and zero points for an
errant throw or if the runner beats the throw.
The first outfielder to reach 5 points wins the round, and the groups rotate stations. Repeat 3X and a water break.
This is a challenging drill: great for conditioning, accurate throws, and the players love the sound of hitting the bucket.
Variation of this outfield drill: Include a Pitcher and Second baseman and work on ‘Cutting’ the ball to second on Coaches command.
Coach’s Perspective: I get a good look at the player’s setup, catching motion, crow hop, and throw.