Tennis Ball Soft Hands Drill

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Difficulty Level: Easy

Number of Athletes and Coaches: 1 athlete and 1 coach, or 2 athletes as partners

Average Time to Complete: 5 minutes

Equipment Required: Catcher’s gear, bucket of tennis balls (at least 10)

Goal: Catching the ball with a “soft” hand, letting the ball travel instead of reaching for it

Description of the Drill:

• Catcher in full gear in catching position (home plate optional), no glove

• Coach/partner with bucket of tennis balls 10 feet in front of the catcher

• Coach/partner tosses the catcher the tennis balls one at a time

• Catcher catches each with one hand (receiving hand), keeping the other hand behind their back

• Catcher places each tennis ball off to the side and gets ready to receive the next throw

Add Difficulty:

• To add a degree of difficulty, the catcher can hold one tennis ball deep in their receiving hand with their pinky and ring fingers (as shown below)

• The thumb, index and middle fingers should be left free to catch another ball with

• The catcher should keep one tennis ball deep in their hand while catching another tennis ball with the same hand, their throwing hand should still be behind their back

• This helps catcher keep their hand soft while receiving, letting the ball travel to them instead of reaching out for it

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From GameChanger and USA Baseball.