Build a fundamentally sound and athletic infielder that can handle any ball off the bat!
- Get drills that build footwork to enable infielders to attack balls efficiently, no matter their location
- Increase your fielders' range with three pre-pitch movements for entering the ready position
- Learn drills that improve arm movement and glove positioning to create soft hands
with Shonda Stanton,
Marshall University Head Coach;
the winningest coach in Marshall softball history;
2013 Conference USA Tournament Champions; 3x Conference champions;
former Coach for the Akron Racers of the Women's Professional Fastpitch League
Good infielders are athletic, can move quickly, and are able to make difficult plays look easy. Coach Shonda Stanton brings you a fully comprehensive instructional video filled with over 35 innovative drills to make your athletes better infielders.
Teaching footwork to go along with glove work is a necessity to quality infield play. Working from the ground up, Coach Stanton isolates the hands and feet before putting it all together and drilling the full skill, which leads to the finished product: a complete, athletic infielder capable of making every play.
Mechanics of Fielding a Ground Ball
Coach Stanton takes you through what to look for in your players when they field a ground ball:
- Good footwork
- Smooth and quick hands
- Good posture (chest forward, butt out, create a hinge with wrist and elbow)
- Transfer ball at mid-line
She emphasizes the four key points above during each drill. You'll also see her team run through an assortment of drills to drive the key components of sound mechanics.
Glove Work and Footwork
Footwork and glove work are necessities to getting outs. Learn from Coach Stanton the pre-pitch movement to put your body in a good fielding position to make a play quicker. She cover six drills to isolate the footwork necessary to get to balls hit to all sides of a player, as well as 15 drills for hands and glove work.
In one drill, Coach Stanton sets out hula-hoops that her players have to step in to emphasize the need to gain ground on their first steps. The first steps are the most important, as you cannot make up for a poor start to a ball.
Infield Fundamental Drills
Putting it all together, Coach Stanton offers 19 infield drills she uses to develop athletic fielders. She progresses her drills from working with a stationary ball, to rolling, and finally fungo fielding. Teach your players several key pieces to being an athletic infielder, including:
- How to make plays and field a ball while moving
- How to react quicker
- How to transfer the ball faster
At the end of the video, Coach Stanton gives an assortment of drills that puts everything together for the athlete. The Scramble Drill has base runners and infielders competing against each other. It incorporates fielding, throwing and tagging runners out as well as slides for the runners.
You can't make an out unless you field the ball first! Coach Stanton gives you over 35 drills to help even the newest infielders develop into great players. Mastering the skills in this video will help your players become complete infielders.
80 minutes. 2017.Softball Videos