Infield Drill – Short Hop to Power

SourceTrent Mongero, Winning Baseball

VideoTrent Mongero, Short Hop to Power (2 min) 

Setup Requirements:
  • One player with glove.
  • One ball feeder per player.
  • One ball required (have extras to use in case ball gets past player).

Position: Standard Fielding Position Facing Ball Feeder
Procedures:
  1. Player gets into ready position, ready to pick up ball on short hop.
  2. Feeder kneels about 8 feet away to get at angle similar to a hit ball and throws short hops just outside (6”) of player’s triangle fielding zone so that ball bounces before the fielding zone.
  3. Players extends fielding arm out and past the edge of the fielding zone keeping fingers down and relaxed and arm slightly bent.
  4. Once ball is in glove, player moves to get body turned towards target and feet underneath him while grabbing for ball and feeling for four-seam grip. Slight hop required to get body turned quickly.
  5. Player finishes in the power (throwing) position.
  6. Player tosses ball back to feeder.
Coaching Points/Keys:
  • Player is in correct fielding position.
  • The ball is fielded with fingers down.
  • The fingers are relaxed. “Tight muscles are slow muscles.”
  • Don’t get wristy. In other words, don’t flip glove up when fielding ball. Keep fingers of glove down as much as possible to catch ball in the pocket of the glove.
  • Don’t field the ball too early (i.e., too far out in front) as the player will get locked (i.e., arm is straight rather than slightly bent) and have hard hands that will not be able to absorb the ball.
  • Knees are bent at all times. Don’t want to stand up straight as that will waste valuable time.
  • Fast movements into power position. Watch for little hop to get feet and body turned quickly.

Position. Backhand. Player turned 90 degrees to pick up ball on backhand.

Procedures:
  1. Player turns to backhand side with glove side foot behind.
  2. Feet are pointing in direction player is facing.
  3. Player bends down so that back is flat. Heel of glove side foot is up.
  4. Player draws runway in front in direction ball is coming where he is going to scoop up ball.
  5. Feeder kneels about 8 feet away to get at angle similar to a hit ball and throws short hops just in front of player’s runway so that ball bounces before the runway.
  6. Players points elbow out and keeps it relaxed. Don’t want to lock arm straight out.
  7. Player works off of front toe (i.e., most of the weight is on front toe) keeping wrist and fingers to the ground as long as possible as he moves over runway to pick up ball on the short hop.
  8. Once ball is in glove, player moves to get body turned towards target and feet underneath him while grabbing for ball and feeling for four-seam grip. Slight hop required to get body turned quickly.
  9. Player finishes in the power (throwing) position.
  10. Player tosses ball back to feeder.
Coaching Points/Keys:
  • Player stays low.
  • Player’s back is flat and parallel to the ground.
  • Player’s nose is pointing down.
  • Don’t field the ball too early (i.e., too far out in front) as the player will get locked (i.e., arm is straight rather than slightly bent) and have hard hands that will not be able to absorb the ball.
  • Knees are bent at all times. Don’t want to stand up straight as that will waste valuable time.
  • Fast movements into power position. Watch for little hop to get feet and body turned quickly.
Position: Fielding to glove side facing feeder.

Procedures:
  1. Player gets into ready position and then turns slightly to glove side and shifts his weight to his glove side.
  2. Feeder kneels about 8 feet away to get at angle similar to a hit ball and throws short hops to player’s glove side, outside of glove-side foot.
  3. Players extends fielding arm out and past the edge of the fielding zone keeping fingers down and relaxed and arm slightly bent.
  4. Once ball is in glove, player moves to get body turned towards target and feet underneath him while grabbing for ball and feeling for four-seam grip. Slight hop required to get body turned quickly.
  5. Player finishes in the power (throwing) position.
  6. Player tosses ball back to feeder.
Coaching Points/Keys:
  • Player is in correct fielding position.
  • The ball is fielded with fingers down.
  • Make sure the player stays low.
  • The fingers are relaxed. “Tight muscles are slow muscles.”
  • Don’t get wristy. In other words, don’t flip glove up when fielding ball. Keep fingers of glove down as much as possible to catch ball in the pocket of the glove.
  • Don’t field the ball too early (i.e., too far out in front) as the player will get locked (i.e., arm is straight rather than slightly bent) and have hard hands that will not be able to absorb the ball.
  • Knees are bent at all times. Don’t want to stand up straight as that will waste valuable time.
  • Fast movements into power position. Watch for little hop to get feet and body turned quickly.