Baseball Drills-Team Defense; Create And Work On Any Possible Situation That Can Occur In Baseball!
It is often said that pitching and defense wins championships. It is certain that they provide a team, at the very least, with the opportunity to win.
Baseball drills, team defense: If as a coach, I was only allowed to use one drill in my practices, SITUATIONS OFF A FUNGO would be that drill. It has been, currently is, and I would venture to guess always will be, the most cost effective drill ever created.
As they say, don't leave home without it!
Defensive Situations Off A Fungo
This multipurpose baseball drill for team defense is the all time standard for game situation drills, the most repetitions in the least amount of time invested, for every player on the team.
Within this totally controlled environment, a coach with a fungo is able to simulate any and all situations. While most of the emphasis is on defensive execution, base running skills and conditioning are beneficial by-products within this drill.
Defensive Situations Off A Fungo ~ The Drill
Baseball Team Defense Tips ~ From the Dugout
This drill is a wonderful opportunity to emphasize team player communication, one of the most important elements in team defense.
By requiring the defense to communicate the outs and situation before each ball is hit, it quietly builds a working knowledge of the game for the players, one essential to success in this game.
Infielders can call out progressions, whereby the third baseman determines the speed of the batter, and subsequent runners, and communicates that to the shortstop, who does the same to the second baseman, who relays it to the first baseman.
Speed level is determined by a color call, green=fast, yellow=average, red=slow.
This communication creates an immediate focus for the defense, as well as providing information for depth of set up for infielders and outfielders. Makes constructive use of the time between pitches, where a players attention can be side tracked.
What This Drill Can Accomplish
Baseball Drills, Team Defense Variations
Variation and interest can be added by:
If using one of the 3 variations above, you may want to eliminate the pitcher from the defense, as a safety measure. Another possibility is to set the pitcher up behind a safety screen, that way they safely get to work on most everything, especially backing up bases and covering first base on balls hit to the right side.
The defensive player has to be thinking: What am I going to do with the ball, when it's hit to me? He goes over that before the play, before the pitch is made.(Cal Ripken Sr.)
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