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Outfield Drills

Triangle Fly Ball Drill


What You Will Need:

  • Open Area or Baseball Field
  • Baseballs
  • Two coaches with Fungos
  • Bucket of balls
  • Six Cones are Optional

This is a drill I used quite a bit coaching my Little League teams through out the years. This is a great drill to run during your first practices as it may be the first time they are playing together. This will force them to communicate on the field.

Setup: This drill can be done anywhere you have some open space. I like to run it on a diamond so it has a game feel to it but if you’re not able to get on a baseball field any open area will work. If you have an assistant coach or helper definitely use them so you can run two instances of the drill.

On the field split the field in half. On the left side you would setup two outfielders and a shortstop. On the right side you can setup two outfielders and a second baseman. If you were to look down on the field you would see two triangles. I then split the rest of the players up and have them rotate in.



Standard Setup With Two Coaches Hitting Fly Balls With Fungos

Process: Once the players are setup in each triangle you hit some fly balls in the middle of the triangle. The longer you can get the balls to stay in the air the better. As the three players go after the ball you will want to make sure that they call for it with the outfielders getting priority over the infielder. You can have them call the ball in whatever way you want. Some programs use “I”, “I”, “I” with the players not getting the ball calling “You”, “You”, “You”. Again this is your preference. The important part is that they are communicating and the ball is not hitting the ground.

What To Look For: Communication’s key in this drill. You want to make sure they are talking and calling the ball. Look to make sure the one calling is truly in the best position to catch the ball. You’ll have that one player call it early and is nowhere near the ball. You can add some conditioning to this drill by having players rotate to each spot by running and then when they are done at one triangle station they run to the other station.



Outfield Multiple Cone Drill 2

What You Will Need:

  • Open area in outfield
  • At least a dozen cones
  • ATEC Power Hummer or a pitching machine that can be adjusted to repeatedly drop fly balls in a certain area
  • Bucket of balls

This drill is recommended for an ADVANCED YOUTH level of baseball. Make sure all of your participants have warmed up properly.

Working off of our previous ‘outfield multiple cone exercise’ this next drill is simply a progression that works right off of the exercise. The machine in this drill will be set up either right behind 2nd base or if you have the room (no other groups working) you can do it from behind the mound or even home plate if the machine can reach its desired location.

Using the same set of cones, this time in a much shallower area (depending on where the machine is set up). The outfielders will now work on getting behind the ball using proper technique and treat each fly ball as if it is a tag play to either 3rd base or to home plate.

If you have the room use the whole field, throws can go to 3rd and to home plate. If you have infielders and catchers that can join in executing the play on both ends that is a plus. If you have extra infielders that can join in as relay or cut players that is also a plus and it makes (turns) this drill into a ‘Team’ exercise. If those guys are not available a catch screen or protective screen of some sort will do just fine.

REMINDER – The more positions that are involved i.e. cut and relay guys, 3rd basemen, & catchers the more coaches on hand are needed to execute the drill properly from a technique standpoint at each spot. Proper technique and execution should be implemented on each repetition whether it be ‘individual group’ of outfielders or in a ‘team’ exercise.

Since we have 10 total cones set up and each outfielder is taking 20 fly balls each 20 throws would be way too many. Cut the amount of throws in half; make throws from every other cone. This will make the total number of throws be at 10. 5 throws to 3rd, and five throws to home. Remember that this drill is not to maximize repetition it is to work on proper technique while adding some form of competition whether executing throws to an infielder or to a catch or protective netting.

FOR ADVANCED YOUTH ‘TRAVEL’ CLUBS & HIGH SCHOOL AND BEYOND:

Set the cones up in a very shallow position. Make fly balls land not much further behind the cones. As your players work their way behind the ball and working through the ball mimicking tag plays have them concentrate on making each throw be right on target and a perfect waist high long hop. The waist high long hop is much easier for an infielder or catcher to handle and execute a tag on the back end of the play. Long hops improve ad can ensure accuracy: when attempted in a competitive environment from an uncomfortable shorter or shallower position the long hop becomes much more difficult. As your practice sessions move on- the 2nd and 3rd times that you implement this drill you can deepen up your cones and allow your outfielders to make longer throws.

3rd Base:

 

SCREEN @ 3RD OR INFIELDERS WHEN AVAILABLE – CUT & RELAY MEN WILL LINE UP AT SHORTSTOP WHEN AVAILABLE AS WELL

 

Home Plate:

 

SCREEN @ HOME PLATE OR CATCHERS WHEN AVAILABLE – CUT & RELAY MEN WILL LINE UP AT SHORTSTOP WHEN AVAILABLE AS WELL

 

When using infielders at the bases to execute tags and on the infield as cut or relay guys make sure to work all right handed throwing infielders (if numbers make possible) as cut / relay guys at shortstop on throws to 3rd and rotate using 3rd basemen as cut / relay guys as well. Also use all possible corner infielders on relays / cuts to home plate as well.


 

Outfield Multiple Cone Drill

 

The Outfield Multiple Cone drill allows your players to get a lot of fly balls at various angles. This drill is great when you have a limited
number of coaches.

What You Will Need:

  • Open area in outfield
  • At least a dozen cones
  • ATEC Power Hummer or a pitching machine that can be adjusted to repeatedly drop fly balls in a certain area
  • Bucket of balls

Drill can be conducted in an open area of your outfield – mainly used from about half way down the foul line with your machine set up and ready to
shoot fly balls (routine balls) that will land in the same area repeatedly. Drill may also be conducted from an area behind either middle infielder
at the infield crown or directly behind 2nd base at the crown with balls set to land either at the warning track (fence if no track available) or a
few feet before the warning track.

Balls should be caught in a routine fly ball manner with all techniques, i.e. footwork, angles, communication verbage, and proper fly ball mechanics.
No drifting or back peddling should be allowed and pay great attention to detail as it is a very controlled environment where each play from every
cone should be made to look very easy.

RECOMMENDED FOR ANY LEVEL OF BASEBALL – ESPECIALLY YOUTH AGE GROUPS THAT LACK NUMBERS IN COACHES OR VOLUNTEERS AND NOT A WHOLE LOT OF TIME TO ACTUALLY
HIT FLY BALLS TOO.

An outfield area with 10 cones staggered and used as a starting point for each outfielder. Have each cone staggered will create a different angle
for the outfielder. Each fly ball will be read, and approached and executed properly. One outfielder at a time at each cone & once every outfielder
has taken their turn then it is on to the next cone. Usually starting at furthest cone working up and down(mimicking deeper balls) from left to
right, middle cones can be read either way (drop step or angle is decided by the outfielder him or herself). Once all outfielders have reached the
final cone, then they will work their way back to the starting cone. If you are using 10 cones then each outfielder will have 20 different
opportunities from which to receive fly balls. Balls caught can be gathered in one bucket kept nearby the cone area. Those not caught
(since balls are extremely routine) can be the number of laps or poles that the outfielders will run after practice is over. Just as a reminder
to how routine and the attention to detail that must be paid in a very easy and controlled environment.

 

We recommend a fly ball of at least 50 yards with a good arc to it.

 

Depth of fly balls can be adjusted by moving cones at any time. If using a regular pitching machine and drill is being conducted near a warning
track it is recommended to simply move the cones further away from the landing area instead of re adjusting your machine.

We recommend a machine of some type to be used to maximize time and to keep a good flow within the drill unless you are very good or have a coach
that is very good with a fungo.