Three drills to help work on efficient hand actions as infielders:
1. Hand dribbles - Focus on keeping the wrist and elbow bent - Receive the ball as soon as it hits the ground - Work to get the ball back into the throwing hand as quick as possible - Maintain good fielding posture through the entire dribble progression - Don’t work side to side. Instead work forward and backwards.
2. Hand funnels - Funnel both hands towards the midline (Midline could be anywhere from the belly button to the chest) - Let the elbows go out as you funnel - Don’t let your chest come up as you funnel - Keep the hands out in front - It’s easy to start fielding the ball deeper and deeper as you do more reps. Do not field between your feet.
3. Funnel with a 2 step footwork progression - Get the ball to the midline then swing the hips around to a good throwing position - Maintain good posture by keeping the chest down the entire time. - Gain ground when you shuffle. Do not just swivel your hips - Work to get your throwing hand tight to your ear and then keep your front side down and relaxed.
Kyle is a varsity coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA. He currently serves as the infield coordinator and base running coach. He is also the founder and operator of the Infield Academy, an organization based out of Northern Virginia that focuses on infield skill development for players of all ages. Kyle attended the College of William and Mary where he was the everyday shortstop for three seasons and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and Health Science. He also interned with the college’s strength and conditioning program and was employed by Power Train Sports Institute as a personal trainer.