• A Fastpitch Softball & Baseball Practice Drill for Short-Hops

As infielders advance in their skill-level, learning how to properly field a short-hop is a necessity. And having a fastpitch softball practice drill or two to work on them is a huge help.

And that is what I will share with you today. Click the video below to learn about the "high-toss short-hop drill" and then continue reading for a few extra tips!

As mentioned in the video, this is a fastpitch softball practice drill for more advanced players.

While you don't need to shy away from trying it with younger or less experienced players you will need to be careful to not frustrate the heck out of them. As you begin this drill, you may observe that even some of your more highly skilled players will struggle initially.

However, with some patience, persistence, and practice, this will become a great way for your players to work on picking the short-hop.

A few key points about performing this skill and drill well:

  • Make sure you know how to teach fielding short-hops well before trying this drill. If players don't know how to execute the skill it will only lead to frustration. I cover this skill more in-depth with coaches in my online courses.
  • The "short-version" of this is that they need to try and field the ball just after it hits the ground like you see the player doing here. And then they should "push-through" the ball rather than "give" with it.FASTPITCH SOFTBALL PRACTICE DRILL FOR SHORT-HOPSFASTPITCH SOFTBALL PRACTICE DRILL FOR SHORT-HOPSFASTPITCH SOFTBALL PRACTICE DRILL FOR SHORT-HOPS
  • As mentioned in the video, this drill can work well for regular grounders, forehands, and backhands.
  • As you could see from the drill done by Tony Medina, this drill also works great in combination with teaching making throws on the run.

Want to learn more about teaching short-hops, throws on the run, and more? Then Covey Sports Impact Coaching Academy the might be a great fit for you!

(By Tim Covey, Founder of Covey Sports)