Lying Down Wiffle Catch is primarily used as a Quick Defense drill designed to assist young players in “getting the glove up.” Falling underneath the Receiving or Outfield category, this drill keeps fear out of the head and provides the opportunity to cleanly catch the ball and build confidence. Lying on the ground forces the hand to turn up, with fingers pointing above the head.
EXECUTION – First athlete steps in front of the cone and lies down. Coach moves very close to the raised glove (in the receiving position) and gently drops four wiffle balls towards the outstretched glove or hand. After four, the athlete helps to pick up balls and then rotates to the back of the line. Go through line 3-4 times before moving into Drills / Station Instruction.
- Away From the Head – Position yourself as coach so athlete has no fear of being hit. Drop ball away from head, and be predictable (big slow arm action).
- Layer it! – Drops, tosses, self-catch, gloves vs. barehand (increase distance and difficulty)
- Find Success – Find that hand and ensure a confidence-building catch!
- LIE DOWN ON BACK, GLOVE UP
- COACH DROPS 4 REPS
- 3 X'S THROUGH LINE
- AWAY FROM HEAD
- SLOW & DELIBERATE TOSS
- INCREASE THE CHALLENGE
- ENSURE SUCCESS - FIND THAT GLOVE!
- Wiffle Ball12