FLY BALL COMMUNICATION DRILL
PURPOSE: To enhance team's ability to catch fly balls and pops ups by avoiding miscommunication.
SET-UP: Players form 2 lines approximately 50-100 feet apart. Distance between lines can vary depending on age/ability and whether you are working primarlily with infielders or outfielders.
EXECUTION: Coach throws/hits the ball between the 2 lines, both players attempt to make the catch until one of them calls off the other. The player who does not make the catch, backs up the play. Players should use the same communication style all the time, "Mine, Mine, Mine" is recommended.
MODIFICATIONS: Rather than having the lines side by side, sometimes you should make lines in front and back of each other. Infielders go to the front line and outfielders the back line. Throw the ball in the middle to simulate that a ball between infielders and outfielders.
COACHING TIP: Make sure your players use the same communication style all the time, "Mine, Mine, Mine" is recommended. Also, in games some positions have priority over another, for example outielders have priority over infielders. Explain when both players call for the ball who has priority.
"There is nothing worse than two players looking at each other and letting a ball drop between them, make sure your players practice communicating for that fly ball."
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