Fielding a Fly Ball

3754147_sSoftball skills can be very complicated and one of those skills, fielding a fly ball can be difficult. For new athletes who are learning the game, there can be so much information that it can be overwhelming. I put these check lists together and found them great for breaking the skills down in smaller and easier to implement chunks of information for the players.

I would print them off and laminate them and then have the players actually evaluate each other as a part of a practice drill. I would not do it very often but a few times so that they are seeing what I was teaching them. Sometimes to teach a skill is a great way to learn one as well.

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Fielding Fly Ball Mechanics


_____ 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 slightly bent ready to go in any direction

_____ glove and throwing hand is about at your knees in front of the body

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

_____ eyes are on the ball and the batter


_____ keep your eyes on the ball

_____ your eyes and body are moving with the ball

_____ hands are still down until you get to where you are going to field the ball

_____ when you get to where you are going to field the ball, you get ready with your body
and your glove open to the ball

_____ watch the ball into your glove which is pointing up at your throwing shoulder

_____ the throwing hand closes your glove over the ball and then gets 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

Fielding a Fly Ball
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Fielding a Fly Ball
Fielding a Fly Ball can be intimidating and difficult for new softball players. This checklist will break it down for them into manageable parts.
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