This drill has three purposes:
- Get as many ground balls as possible in a 15 minute span
- Incorporate a cardio conditioning aspect by running the balls to the bucket after successfully fielding it
- Be a low arm intensity drill (great for mid-season)
- 2 coaches with fungoes or regular bats
- Line of players at each infield position
- 4 buckets (1 with each coach (2), 2 placed on opposite sides of mound or circle)
- minimum of 50 balls (25 on each side)
- Coach #1, standing on the 3rd base side in foul territory, hits a ground ball to a player in the line of 2nd basemen. That player fields the ball, runs to the bucket on the 1st base side of the mound, drops the ball in the bucket, and then sprints to the end of the line. Without hesitation, Coach #1 hits another ball to a player in the line of 1st basemen.
- Coach #2 does the same as Coach #1 except he hits to the lines at 3rd base and shortstop. The only difference is that those players will drop the balls in the bucket on the 3rd base side of the mound.
- It is important for the coaches to call, “Last ball!!!” when he/she hits the last one in the bucket. That signals the player that fields it to switch buckets. The bucket nearest the mound should now be full. It needs to be carried to the coach. The empty bucket nearest the coach should be taken back to the area near the mound. The whole process starts over again.
- I recommend keeping each line to three or four players at the most. Any more than that and the players aren’t moving enough to get their heart rates up.
- Be careful that you don’t hit the players that are carrying in buckets.
- Mix up positioning of the coaches. On occasion place one coach at home plate hitting to the corners and the other coach just in front the rubber in order to hit to the middle infielders. This allows the middle infielders to work on double play flips after fielding ground balls (the receiver of the flip runs the ball to the bucket). It will also allow the corner infielders to work in fielding bunts.
- Make it a game. Each coach starts with the same amount of balls in his/her bucket. A missed ball stays in the outfield. After 15 minutes the side of the infield with the most balls left in their bucket wins.
- Have players alternate lines in order to experince new positions.
- Add 10 pushups for those that miss a ground ball.
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