When receiving, good footwork will help players get to the ball faster. Teaching your athletes to effectively execute a drop-step using an up, creep, split, drop footwork pattern will ensure they make plays quickly. To hear more about this technique and learn a drill that trains the proper footwork, watch this video featuring Jen Fisher.
Purpose: To teach proper drop-step footwork to fielders.
How it works: A coach places cones on the field to guide players on a diagonal path when fielding. Two players then line up next to each other about 10 feet apart. The coach calls out “creep, split,” which signals the players to execute a drop-step toward the cones and run through for several steps. This gives fielders practice tracking down a ball to the side and also works as a great pregame warm-up.
Variations: Practice this drill to the other side. Add in a backhand to mimic fielding a grounder or an overhand move to mimic catching a fly ball.
Requirements: Two players, cones, gloves, and a field