Training to field ground balls can be an uninteresting experience and create boredom amongst players. In this video Mike Stith introduces a variety of exciting drills that can be adapted to any age level from U10 to high school senior. He emphasizes repetitions of correct techniques to field various types of infield balls with numerous demonstrations by players of all ages.
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Ok....how's this, you don't see the point of the drill. That's the bottom line. Weather my examples are good or not.
This coach is a Three-time ASA National Championship coach. He knows what he's doing.
Here's another example....baseball players will take half swings into a padded fence to practice form, which is obviously not done in a game. Or hit a weighted ball off a tee to practice power, or practice hitting off of their back knee.....none of which are done in games. Also my soft toss example is perfect.....the ball is coming in 1/8 the speed of a pitched ball. Or a reverse soft tossed ball (google it, since you probably don't know what that is) would also not be done in a game. Shall I go on? There are many many drills that slow things down and or exaggerate them to empasis a skill or skill set, which in turn will translate in a game. Just like this coaches drills translate into Three-time ASA National Championships.
These girls are not catching, 2 out fly balls, which is why your football simile is not that great. Wide-outs do not run a route, catch the ball and then throw it to another player. It is a very different skill set.
Your orginal question was, "why are they stopping?"
I guess you are missing the point of the second part of the drill.....Keep your head down and eyes on the ball. They are exaggerating that part. That is why they are stopping.
You tube college or NFL receiver drills. They do the same thing when catching the ball at practice. It is a drill to focus your eyes on the ball and exaggerate that. I do see your point too, but it is how he is doing the drill. It is more or less two drills in one.
My point exactly. When you use a tee or soft toss you still swing correctly. You would not stop in the middle of your swing? As for fielding, you can perform the actions more slowly but I would not have players stop in the middle. I want to teach players to do both, see the ball and develop timing with it. It is all connected, get to the ball, pick it up, set up, good throw...and you do not stop moving through the process.
I have known this man for the last 4 years and if you are coaching a beginning or a team that needs lots of help , HAVING THEM UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU NEED TO FIRST OF ALL MAKE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE GLOVE HAND AND YOUR EYES IS PRIORITY NUMBER ONE. THEN HAVING A GREAT APPROACH TO THE BALL WITH THE PROPER FOOT WORK AND ALSO FIELDING THE BALL ON THE GLOVE SIDE OF YOUR NOSE LIKE HE SAYS..... GREAT DRILL