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Drills

Proper Glove Positioning 

The image below represents the proper glove position for each ball being caught by the player. The “Hula Hoop” Description is a good way to explain to the player the way the glove should be positioned when catching the ball. The thumb should always be rotating around the hula hoop to put the glove in a good position to catch the ball.

Glove Side

Have the player stand a few feet in front of the parent. Tell the player to extend his/her arm to the same side as the glove and to put their thumb up towards the sky. This will put the players glove in the proper position to catch the ball to the “glove side” of them. Underhand them the ball until they get comfortable enough for the parent to move back and throw the ball at a longer distance.

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Back Hand

Have the player stand a few feet in front of the parent. Tell the player to extend his/her arm to the opposite side of the “glove hand” and to point their thumb directly down to the ground. This will get them in the proper “back hand” position. Make sure the glove pocket is exposed to the parent and that the player watches the ball all the way into the glove. Underhand them the ball until they get comfortable enough for the parent to move back and throw the ball at a longer distance.

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Fly Ball

Have the player stand a few feet in front of the parent. Tell the player to extend his/her arm to the sky and point their thumb to the right (RHT). This will get them in the proper fly ball position. Now tell the player to take their throwing hand and put both thumbs together to make a butterfly (Thumb to thumb). When the player catches the ball make sure they secure it with the throwing hand. The glove pocket should be exposed to the parent and the player should watch the ball all the way into the glove. Underhand them the ball until they get comfortable enough for the parent to move back and throw the ball at a longer distance.

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Ground ball

Have the player stand a few feet in front of the parent. Tell the player to extend his/her arm to the ground and point their thumb to the left (RHT). This will get them in the proper ground ball position. Now tell the player to take their throwing hand and place it a few inches above the glove. When the player catches the ball make sure they secure it with the throwing hand The glove pocket should be exposed to the parent and the player should watch the ball all the way into the glove. Bounce or roll them the ball until they get comfortable enough for the parent to move back and do the same at a longer distance.

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