FIELDING

Instruct athletes to stand between two cones and wait for coach or parent to roll or bounce a small ball towards the athlete. Coaches can use a soft sponge small ball (used in small ball rolling) or a whiffle ball during this drill. Instruct the athlete to drop the hips and come down to stop the ball from getting past the athlete. Instruct the athlete to roll or toss the ball back to the coach or parent. This is a drill to teach athletes how to “hinge” at the hips so that they can come down to stop the rolling ball in front of them using only two hands. Coaches may show athletes where the hips are on the body prior to starting the drill.