• Fastpitch Softball & Baseball Outfield Drills: Crow-Hop Over The Bat Drill

In this weeks tip, I explain one of the most simple but effective drills for softball and baseball players to help them 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 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.

Here are a couple of key pointers:

  1. The player needs to get some momentum UP into the air to maximize leg usage.
  2. The player ALSO needs to get some momentum moving FORWARD at the same time.
  3. Some young players make the mistake of only going UP but forgetting to get the momentum moving FORWARD at the same time…this drill helps them feel the difference.
  4. The player needs to get her body turning sideways while she is in the air in order to land with her body lined up to make a good throw.

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 Tim Covey, Founder of Covey Sports)