by Tim Covey
In this weeks tip, I explain one of the most simple but effective softball outfield drills to help your players understand how to crow-hop effectively.
The player featured in this drill was only in 6th grade at the time this video was shot.
While as a young player there was some room for improvement in technique as would be expected (such as keeping the elbow up while throwing)…you can see from this video that this is a skill that can be taught even at the younger age levels.
Click the video to see a breakdown of the drill, and then read underneath the video for even more content!
Teaching your players how to crow-hop effectively is important because it allows them to use their legs more effectively and make a longer throw to a cut-off, relay, or base.
The “Crow-Hop Over The Bat Drill” is one of the many outfield drills inside the Covey Sports Impact Coaching Academy. It is one of the easiest softball outfield drills to reinforce crow-hop fundamentals, as it helps the players understand and FEEL the critical parts of the technique.
With our varsity players, we bring out the bat and do this drill just a couple of times a year to reinforce proper crow-hops…or anytime we see them getting sloppy with this part of their throws. For younger players, you may need to do it more frequently.
But either way, this drill is a great way to teach proper technique of crow-hopping in a short amount of time!
by Covey Sports