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Baseball Drills: Defensive Baseball Drills : Outfield : Sun Ball

Drill: Sun Ball

Purpose:
Give players practice at catching fly balls that go into the sun.

Equipment:
baseballs, softer training balls, or tennis balls for young players

Setup:
Pair players up and have them stand about 15 – 20 yards apart. Position the players so the sun is directly behind one player.

Execution:
The player with the sun on his back will throw the ball to the other player as a fly ball, trying to arch it so it will be in the sun for the other player.

The player fielding the ball will use his glove to protect his eyes and catch the fly ball.

Remind players to look below their glove for the ball as it gets in the sun.

Have each player throw a few fly balls and then switch

For more information on fielding a ball in the sun, see: Outfield - playing the ball in the sun


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