• Infielder Versus Outfielder Motions of The Softball Throw

by Tim Covey

As coaches, we tend to focus a lot on the throwing mechanics of the softball throw in general. This is a good thing, as proper throwing can decrease errors and cut down on arm injuries.

But what about infielders compared to outfielders? Should their throwing motions differ from one another? The answer is “yes,” especially as players get more advanced in the travel ball and high school levels.

In this weeks video tip I cover a few of the basic differences between the infield throw and the outfield softball throw. 

Click below to watch and listen! (You can also read a description below the video).



Key Differences Between the Infielder and Outfielder Softball Throw:

  1. As you saw and heard in the video, outfielders should have longer and “loopier” throwing motions. This will allow them to get more distance on their throws. They should think about their throwing motion as more “circular.”
  2. Infielders should have shorter and quicker throwing motions as they develop and get stronger.
  3. As players get more advanced and stronger, one way to teach this is to have them separate their hands at the chest. Nate Trosky of Trosky Baseball does a great job explaining how to teach this to your players.

The reason that we want infielders to have a shorter throwing motion is because we want them to get rid of the ball more quickly. This allows them to get the ball to the intended base faster.

A great example of this is the catcher. Some catchers have great arms but take forever to get rid of the ball. Because of this, the opposing team can have more success stealing on this catcher than a catcher with inferior arm strength but a much quicker release.

It is a good idea to encourage players to use nice and long throwing motions when they are first warming up their arms. If players are always throwing with short motions (even during warm-ups), it can be harder on the arm and increase the chance of a chronic arm injury at some point.

Proper throwing mechanics are an important part of the game, both for injury prevention as well as better performance.

Teaching your infielders how to make the small adjustment to have a quicker release can help your defense reach the next level!

Tim Covey
Tim Covey


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