Even for the most experienced of coaches, tryouts don't always provide the answers about possible players they're looking for.
Here is a simple drill you can use at your next fastpitch tryout to find the players you need to fill your squad and create the best team possible.
Purpose of the Drill
This drill is particularly useful in tryouts because it reveals a number of skills:
- arm strength
- foot speed
- catching ability
Setting Up the Drill
To begin the drill the coach needs a bat and two balls. The coach and a catcher position themselves at home plate. The catcher keeps one ball in her throwing hand while the coach keeps the other.
One player is placed on first, and one player backs up first base. (All remaining players line up behind third base, with the first player in line in ready position at third.)
How the Drill Works
The coach hits a sharp grounder to third. The player fields the ball and throws hard back to the catcher. The catcher then rolls a bunt to the charging third baseman who picks the ball up barehanded and throws to first.
The third baseman keeps running and replaces the back up player at first. The back-up player becomes the first baseman, and the first baseman hustles across the diamond to the end of the line at third.
This drill is rapid. It may stop periodically to change catchers, or to make corrections. As the players gain proficiency at the drill, challenge them to make it through one rotation without a miss. You might be surprised by what you find.