When running everyday drills with her infielders, Amy Hogue likes to start out with bare-handed exercises. This helps her athletes get a feel for the ball. In the no-glove short hops drill, players learn to field all kinds of shots with their hands as balls ricochet off the wall in unpredictable ways. It’s a great method for teaching players to handle anything on game day!
No-glove short hops drill
Purpose: To help players handle balls smoothly when fielding.
How it works: Players assemble in a line about 10 feet from a wall. The first player in line assumes a fielding position as the second player in line bounces a ball against the wall. Player 1 crouches down to receive the ball, using her bare hand to control it. She returns the ball to Player 2 and the drill repeats. Perform 10 reps then switch players.
Variation: Once players are adept at receiving the ball with their bare hands, add a paddle for a greater challenge.
Requirements: Two or more players, a paddle (for variation), a wall, balls and about 10 feet of space