Conquering Fear of the Ground Ball

by Coach Cohen on January 26, 2010

Wall Ball Preview #1

Here’s a clip of one of my favorite fielding drills from my upcoming Wall Ball DVD.

One of the things you have to correct the most is when a player gets into a situation where there is an opportunity for fear or an opportunity for injury, especially to the face, and the body reacts by pulling off the ball. So, on any ground ball, we use the expression, “put your face into the glove.” We want to eliminate any fear and put the player’s head in a great position to see the baseball.

Many times, players will rush through the fielding phase and pull their head off of the ball either out of fear or simply because they are in a hurry to make the throw. This drill really helps keep the head locked down.

Executing the Drill

When the ball touches the player’s glove, the glove is out front, and their face is in very close proximity to the glove, have them stay in that position – we do not continue through to the throwing phase. Then, coach says “Go!” or “Now!” and at that point, have them continue the play by moving their feet toward the target and delivering the ball.

We turn it into two separate phases: glove contact and making the throw.

This drill breaks the two phases down, allowing the player to first cleanly field the ball before continuing on to finish the play with a good throw as they move toward their target.

Here’s the clip from the DVD…

Feel free to add any comments on this drill below.

Stay tuned for some more preview clips from Wall Ball.

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