To recap the video, these are the main aspects of the footwork when using the underhand feed for the softball double play:
- This technique is best used on a grounder that is taking the fielder towards the base she is tossing to. One important thing to note is that this could be used at any base (even when not turning a double play). For example, the second baseman could use this on a ball that takes her towards first base as well as a ball that takes her toward second base…not ONLY for a double play feed but also simply to get an out anywhere!
- Regarding the footwork, the key factor is to “walk through the toss.” By this, I mean to keep the feet moving towards the receiving player for a few steps. Doing this minimizes the chance of a high or errant toss. Stopping the feet and simply tossing underhand often leads to poor, sloppy, tosses that are more difficult to catch.
Key Points For The Glove-Work (Not Covered In The Video):
- The first thing that should be noted is that the tosser should bring the hand straight up and out of the glove…NOT swinging the hand back by her hip before tossing. Doing this incorrectly often leads to very high tosses.
- Secondly, as soon as the ball is out of the glove, the tosser should get her glove out of the way as quickly as possible to get the receiving player good vision of the ball.
- Lastly, when the toss is being made, the tosser should stay low and her arm should finish extended and at shoulder height. Going much higher or lower than the shoulder will lead to tosses that are too high or too low.
I break the underhand feed (and all other types of feeds) for softball double plays down completely inside the Covey Sports Impact Coaching Academy, but this is a great place to start if your infielders have a hard time with making feeds close to the bases!