This Softball Infield Footwork Throwing Drill is great for infielders to practice their double play footwork and their footwork on the bases for advancing the ball after the play. The drill progression allows all of the infielders to be the player at second and the player at 1st so they can practice their receiving a ball at the base.
It also includes a good conditioning component because the players should be moving quickly to not only get their heart rates up but to also add some stress and urgency to the drill. They practice throwing, quick feet and picking up a stationary ball which are skills that every infielder has to do at some point during a game.
Softball Infield Footwork Throwing Drill
Line all of the girls up at 3B except for the first baseman who is at 1B. Space 3 balls evenly between 3B and home. When the coach blows the whistle, the player at the front of the line sprints to the first ball and fires it to 2nd base, followed by the second and then the third ball. (The 2nd base player will need a bucket to drop the balls into as she receives them) As soon as the player fires the third ball, she sprints to 1st base and sets to receive a throw from 2nd base. She immediately turns and fires it to a coach or parent at home plate. Do this in three rotations.
The player at 2nd base then goes to the end of the line at 3rd base and the player at 1st base then goes to 2nd base. Demonstrate the drill one time through as fast as you can to instill the importance of speed to make this drill effective. Have the players run to their next positions to create a good pace.