GOALIE BALL DRILL
PURPOSE: A fun game that enhances players ability to react to the ball, get in front of grounders, and make plays.
EQUIPMENT: Softie Baseballs, 2 cones
SET-UP: Coach sets up a pretend goal using the 2 cones, these cones should be approximately 10-15 feet apart but can be adjusted based on age/ability. Player should stand in front of the cones at the midpoint of the goal.
EXECUTION: When it is a players turn it is their job to act as a "goalie" and prevent any ground ball from getting between the cones. Coach can stand approximately 20 feet in front of the goal and rolling balls towards the goal. The player reacts to each grounder and attempts to field or knock it down in an effort to prevent any baseball from scoring a goal. Coach generally starts off easier and as players successfully make saves, coaches rolls become even more challenging until finally a goal is scored. Once a ball enters the goal, it is the next players turn.
MODIFICATIONS: For advanced T-Ball players you can say that the goal is between the cones and goes up to the waist, now you can really challenge them with grounders and soft throws that act as line drives.
COACHING TIP: Give the kids a point for each successful save they make, young athletes (older athletes too!) love mini challenges and competitions.
"It is so fun watching young players learn to make great plays, I am always impressed that so much talent can sometimes be packed into such tiny bodies."
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