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Ryan Armstrong | May 2, 2013 10:06:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Wall Transfers"

This Week's Baseball Drill of the Week is "Wall Transfers"

Wall Transfers is a drill used to help develop hand eye coordination and to improve the consistency and speed of transfer from glove hand to throwing hand. Improving this transfer will increase our chances of getting the first out on a double play and in turn increase our chances of turning a double play. This will also help our catchers have more chances to throw runners out. As your level of play progresses upward, the speed of the game quickens as well and areas such as transferring the ball from glove to hand need to be economized with respect to time spent executing them.

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Topics: baseball instruction, infielding tips, baseball drills, fielding instruction, fielding drills, infielding drills, catching drills

Ryan Armstrong | Apr 25, 2013 12:12:00 PM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Defensive Backs"

This week's Drill of the Week is "Defensive Backs".

Aren't defensive backs football players, not baseball players? Yes, but there is one thing defensive backs are very good at that infielders and outfielders can borrow from and that is creating a transition, via a drop step and pivot, from facing the line of scrimmage to facing their own end zone and doing so with fluidity and speed. 

Relating this to baseball, infielders and outfielders need to work on creating a drop step and pivot to get angles on pop ups and fly balls over their heads. Thus, we work on this drill and pay homage to our football cousins by naming it the Defensive Back drill. In doing so, we want to see them create their drop step and open their hips on the same angle as they need to pursue the ball. We then want them to transition as quickly as possible to a sprint and run to where they need to be to catch the ball vs. backpedaling to that position. There are two main reasons for this:

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Topics: baseball instruction, infielding tips, baseball drills, fielding drills, infielding drills, Outfielding drills

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