Cathcing a Ground Ball
Written by: League Administrator
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
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Lets go back to #1 THROWING THE BALL. After completing the throw, your player should be facing the target with his glove hand and open hand spread on either side of his/her body in order to be ready to receive the ball. I have found it is easier to work on ground balls first as it reinforces the throwing exercises.
The best approach to covering a ground ball is always to position your body so you are athletically balanced (like a basketball player on defense) or more easily described to your 5-6 year old, move around like a monkey, now stop and hold the position.
- Have your player bend his legs and position like getting ready to sit in a chair. Feet spread comfortable about shoulder width. Not too low. If you are too low you will restrict your range.
- Face the approaching ball squarely with your glove hand out in front of you.
- Get the glove on the ground (back of glove on the ground) with your head up.*
- Get your backside down and keep your back straight. Your back will arch forward.*
- Stay on the balls of your feet, balanced and ready to move latterly from side to side (advanced)
- Keep your free hand open and ready to guide the ball into the glove and pull it out quickly.
- Move the glove to block the path of the ball BUT let the ball come into the glove.
- When the ball comes into the glove, bring the free hand down on the ball to trap it, scoop it up, and get ready to pull it out to throw.
- Once the ball is scooped up, stand up and move to the bow and arrow position described in #1 Throwing the Ball.
- Throw it back to Mom or Dad. Following #1 Throwing the Ball.
Stand about 10 feet away from your player. Now he is down in good fielding position
and it is time for the Alligator Drill.
Q: What does it look like when he/she get the glove in line with the ball, the ball comes into the glove, and the free hand comes over and down on the ball to capture it.?
A: Its like an Alligator snapping his jaws shut once the fish swims in.
Time to roll them some balls. (Keep a wall or fence behind him because I think there will be some misses and you wont have to chase them).
Feet spread; Squat down; Glove on ground; Head up watching ball;, Catch the ball (ball into glove); ALLIGATOR; up and turn; throw back.
Practice the mechanics 2 minutes in front of the mirror. Down, make believe catch, alligator drill, up and lead into throwing mechanics.
Let your player finish off by tossing a whiffle ball or tennis ball up in the air by himself after you finish working on these skills.
* 90% of parents and now many young children (8 -12) cannot do 3 and 4 above.