How to Improve Your Team's Throwing Technique

Feel like your squad's throws are a bit off the mark? Here are a couple of scrimmage games, courtesy of the eteamz baseball community, to improve your team's throwing mechanics in a fun and entertaining way.

3-2 Run Game

This is a game we use almost every week. Place three balls on the ground evenly spaced, about 3/4 of the way from third base to home.

The fielding team has a third baseman and a group at second base. Another team is at bat (without bats).

When the coach yells, "Go", the 1st batter (runner) runs as fast as she can to first base and on to second. The fielder at third base runs to the first ball and makes a throw to a teammate at second base, then goes to the second ball and makes a throw to the same fielder at second base and does the same thing with the third ball.

The object of this game is to make three good throws from third base (third base line) to second base before the runner gets to second base.

If the runner gets there first, or if the fielder makes a bad throw or bad catch, the batters get one point (you can use any value you want). If the fielders get all three balls to second base before the runner gets there, no points are awarded.

Barney Bop Game

The game is called Barney Bop because you need a stuffed animal; I use a large Barney but any other stuffed animal will work. (Barney works the best because the team hates him.)

Put him on a chair by 1st base. If you have a net, put the net behind the chair to stop the errant throws.

Divide the team up into two groups and position them at shortstop. The 1st player on team A takes the first grounder from the coach. The player fields the ball and makes a throw trying to knock Barnet off the chair.

The ball must be fielded properly or no points. Have a time limit (about 5 minutes) and keep track of how many hits Barney gets. We have a rule that if the players can beat the previous record, we run (not me of course, I coach the pitchers).

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