Outfield Throwing Drill by Pete Sprenkle

(Reprinted with permission from A Softball Coaches Tool Kit)

Align players, except a pitcher, catcher and infielder at 2B, equally across the outfield at the distance you want the players to throw. Each player takes a ball to the outfield when they go. The pitcher is stationed in the cut off position, the catcher is set to make a tag at home plate and the infielder is stationed at 2B to take a throw.

The player closest to the foul line in left field tosses her ball a short distance in front of her, runs to pick it up and makes a throw to home.

The catcher, judges the throw, if it is on line to the plate says nothing, lets the ball come home where she makes the tag on a virtual runner. If the throw is off line the catcher calls “Cut Two”, the pitcher cuts off the ball and throws to second base.

In either case, once the play is finished, the ball is thrown back to the player in the outfield who made the throw. The next player in line then makes her throw.

After all players have thrown, switch pitchers, catchers and infielders with players from the outfield. The drill can be repeated as many times as desired.

This drill practices several skills: throwing from the outfield, judging whether to cut off a throw, making a tag at home plate and cutting off a throw and throwing to 2B.

Challenge the players to get 100% of their throws on line and hit the cutoff person. On throws through to the catcher, focus on good, strong, one bounce throws. Insure that the pitcher takes the proper position to cut off the throw and the catcher sets up properly in front of home plate.

 


Pete Sprenkle has 25 years of fast pitch softball coaching experience with girls aged 12 through 18. This drill appeared in his Softball Coaches Tool Kit (page 78) and was reprinted with permission.