Making learning fun is a great way for our athletes to grasp skills because they feel less pressure. This softball fly ball fielding throwing game is great for adding a bit of stress to the activity because of the competition involved. Fielding fly balls from different angles can be difficult. Being able to field the ball and then throw with accuracy takes practice and confidence. Use this drill to build their confidence.
Softball Fly Ball Fielding Throwing Game
This is a fun drill for younger players who are learning to catch fly balls and throw.
This is a fun game to end practice with. Split the players into 2 teams and line them up about 10 feet apart with a coach in the middle, and a coach (or parent) on the outside of each line.
Have each line alternate having a player back-peddle about 25-30 feet, where the coach in the middle throws a pop up to either side of the player. If they catch the ball, they get 2 points. As soon as they catch the ball, they have to set themselves and make a perfect throw to the coach or parent on the outside of line which you indicate at the time of the catch. If the throw is good, they get an additional point. Go through this 3 times for each player, alternating the lines.
When they have taken their turn fielding and throwing, have her move one position down and the player from the end of the line moves up. Then when everyone has completed one round, start at the far end with the throw so it is from a different angle.
Change up the angle or direction for each round. For example, have them run back on an angle (instead of back-peddling), and throw the ball to either side of them, forcing them to adjust. The same point system is used.
The players have fun with this drill, and it helps them get used to judging fly balls, and making good throws to the cut-off. If you like you can keep a running score for different part of the season. You should see improvements through the middle of the season and towards the end.