THROW DOWN T-DRILL
PURPOSE: To assist in developing proper technique when throwing out runners trying to steal second base.
SET-UP: Coach should draw a "T" in the dirt. The cross bar of the "T" is where the catcher sets up in their crouch, the stem of the "T" extends straight out in a direct line to second base.
EXECUTION: Coach gives catcher a pitch, and catcher catches ball and throws down to second base as if attempting to throw out a would be base stealer. Once completed with the throw, coach and catcher should check to make sure the catcher's feet are lined up directly on the line. If catchers feet can stay in a direct line they will have quicker and more accurate throws. Catcher strives to have feet stay in line with second base on all throws.
COACHING TIP: Younger/developing players will most likely need to step and throw. Advanced players can attempt the replacement method, which is catching the ball and jumping their feet to the line of direction as they throw at the same time.
"Staying in a direct line may make the difference on a close play as to whether the runner is safe or out."
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