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As coaches, we need multiple types of drills to work on different areas of the game. Some infield softball drills will be more general in nature, while some will isolate one specific skill.

The drill in this weeks tip is a drill called the “Triangle Backhand Drill.” This is one of the many drills inside the Covey Sports Impact Coaching Academy.

This is a drill that isolates the backhand and is a great way to have your players get a lot of reps in a short period of time!

Watch the video below and then read below the video for additional content about backhands!

As you could see from the video, the triangle is what the three players form when executing this drill.

Here are a couple of important points for using this drill with your players: 

  1. Have the players work on fielding the backhand with both feet as the “lead foot.” While right-handed players will typically have the left foot forward, as they develop they will have situations where having the right foot forward is best. For example, a shortstop making a throw to second base might be better off backhanding with the right foot forward.
  2. The receiving player should stay low throughout the drill. To keep the drill moving quickly, be sure that the receiving player in the drill does not stand up straight every time she tosses the ball over to the 3rd player. This will slow the drill down.
  3. If you do not have a bucket for each group, simply have each group take 5 balls. Each player will then get 5 reps.
  4.  The players continue going through this progression for a specified number of reps or time!

Using infield softball drills can have a big impact on running an effective practice. However, drills also need to have a purpose.

This drill is a great way to accomplish the purpose of isolating the backhand skill with your players!

Questions or comments? Leave a comment below or over on Facebook!

(By Tim Covey, Founder of Covey Sports)

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