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13302169_s-225x300Softball skills can be very complicated.  For new athletes who are learning these skills, there can be so much information that it can be overwhelming.  I put the ground ball fielding checklist together as a great tool for breaking the skills down in smaller and easier to implement chunks of information for them.

For practice I would print them off and laminate them and then have the players actually evaluate each other with them.  I would use the activity very often but a few times through the season so that they could reflect on their own abilities while working with their team mates.  Sometimes to the tools we use to teach a skill is a great way to learn a skill as well.

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Ground Ball Fielding Checklist

Preparation

_____ your shoulders are square or facing the batter

_____ feet about shoulder width apart with the glove foot a little bit ahead of the other

_____ Weight is slightly forward (on the balls of your feet) balanced side to side

_____ knees are bent bringing you low to the ground

_____ glove hand is almost touching the ground in front of the body

_____ the throwing hand is beside the glove ready for clean fielding

_____ your back is flat and upright so you are facing the batter

_____ eyes are on the ball

Execution

_____ keep your eyes on the ball

_____ hands are low with the glove open to the ball

_____ move to the ball and meet it in front of the body

_____ use two hands (alligator) to field the ball into the glove

_____ watch the ball into your glove

_____ the throwing hand is over the ball and getting ready to throw

Follow Through

_____ weight is moving back with the ball in your throwing hand

_____ the glove side elbow is pointing toward where you are going to throw the ball

_____ the glove side of the body is pointing toward the target

_____ the ball is in throwing position

_____ eyes are on the target you are going to throw to

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Ground Ball fielding Checklist
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Ground Ball fielding Checklist
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This ground ball fielding checklist will give you an easy to follow procedure when teaching and helping athletes to learn the skill.
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