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Alligator Arms Drill

Using two hands to catch the ball is important for younger players to learn. If you use something like Alligator arms (players like alligators), it will give them a better understanding of what is expected of them when they field a ball.

What you need:  Gloves and balls

How this drill works: 

Prior to the drill starting, explain to the young ball players the idea of how an alligator jaw works. Then show them how catching the ball and fielding grounders works the same way. The ball is just like an alligator’s food, and they need to capture it with both hands. Have the players stand in a single file line in the fielding ready position. When you roll the ball, have them place their glove down in front of the ball, and explain to them that when the ball reaches their glove, the other hand should clamp down to secure the ball – just like alligator jaws – but only with their arms.  You can do this with waist high throws and shoulder height throws as well.

Results:  With this drill, the younger players will soon loon the importance of ‘feeding the alligator,’ so to speak.  They will soon learn the concept of securing the ball in their glove with two hands.  This is especially helpful for younger players learning to field grounders properly.