Fundamentals and Drills to
Improve your Infielders
Jack Leggett
Head Coach
Background
UVM / WCU / Clemson – The Differences
 Fundamentals / Attention to Detail
 What works for us / Our Players / ...
Have a Plan / Goals
Believe in what you are teaching / Believe in your
plan
 Believe that technique makes a difference
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Goals of Fundamentals and Drills
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Develop quick hands/feet

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Improving “clock” awareness

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Conditioning / Fatigue ne...
5 Basic Ground Balls
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Ground Ball At – GB at
Glove Hand Side - GHS
V Cut
Back Hand Side - BHS
Slow Roller...
Ground Ball At
Common Problems
A.

B.
C.
D.
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Drills to Improve

Wasted Steps/Crossing Behind
Flipping Glove
Eyes Not Le...
Glove Hand Side
A.

Fundamentals

Drills To Improve

- Progressions /Problems

- Cones

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Crossover Step

- Angles

- Exa...
V - Cut
A.

Fundamentals / Angle

Drills To Improve

- Progressions / Problems - Cone
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Decisions to make

- Lazy Feet

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Back Hand
A.

Fundamentals

Drills to Improve

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- Clap Drill

Progressions / Problems

- Triangle Drill

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Angle

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Ey...
Slow Roller
Fundamentals

Drills to Improve

- Progressions/Problems

A.

- QB, No Panic Drill

- Two Handed SR
Two Handed...
Solve Problems Ahead of Time
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Communicate Between Pitches (Anticipation)
Versatility – Play all Posi...
Group Drills
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Group Drills
◦ Ball Handling Square Drill
◦ Angle Throwing Drills
◦ Circle Movement BH Drill
◦ Down the Li...
Group Drills
 Square

Drill

◦ Repetitions
◦ Versatility

◦ Competition
◦ Accountability
◦ Intensity

- Square Drill 1
- ...
Group Drills
 Ground

Ball Scrimmage

◦ Left-side GBS
◦ Right-side GBS
◦ Double-play GBS
Group Drills
 Scrimmages

◦ Bunts Between Innings
◦ Steals
◦ Defense!!!
Group Drills
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Double Play Themes / Fundamentals

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Catch Ball between your feet

◦ Ball between your head and the base
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Group Drills
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Ponza

◦ Infield in
◦ Pop – Ups
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Batting Practice

◦ Themes
◦ 1’s – DP’s (Live off bat)

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PFP
Closing Remarks
Jack Leggett
leggetj@clemson.edu
(864)903-9794
www.jackleggett.com

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Jack Leggett - Fundamentals and Drills to Improve Your Infielders

  1. 1. Fundamentals and Drills to Improve your Infielders Jack Leggett Head Coach
  2. 2. Background UVM / WCU / Clemson – The Differences  Fundamentals / Attention to Detail  What works for us / Our Players / Their Development  When you see success on the field / Players Making Plays  ◦ There’s a reason why / Preparation / Fundamentals / Repetitions
  3. 3. Have a Plan / Goals Believe in what you are teaching / Believe in your plan  Believe that technique makes a difference  Believe in breaking skills down step by step – Progression  Believe in reinforcement after rights and wrongs / Constant Coaching!!!  Believe in repetition and detail – Create new and better habits  Believe in knowing the why’s!  Believe in visual teaching / demonstration  Believe in showing right and wrongs of the skills 
  4. 4. Goals of Fundamentals and Drills  Develop quick hands/feet  Improving “clock” awareness  Conditioning / Fatigue never a  “Spacing” Feel  Ability to Create better factor  Consistent hand and movements  Physical and Mental Preparation  Confidence  Focus  Aggressiveness  Competitive Spirit / Pride  Stronger / Accurate Arms angles
  5. 5. 5 Basic Ground Balls         Ground Ball At – GB at Glove Hand Side - GHS V Cut Back Hand Side - BHS Slow Roller – SR Demonstration / Progression / Rolled Ball / Short Fungo’s / Live Situations 3 Bounces you want / 1 to avoid Why Ground Ball At is the toughest * Principles * – Attack, Create Angles, Find your bounce, Spacing, “Sit on the Ball”, Hands out front, Elbows Inward, palm open, Feet and Chest squared off to the ball, Glove hand eye, Out to In, Down to Up, Stomach to Shoulder, Footwork to Throw, Nose to Leather, its all in the feet
  6. 6. Ground Ball At Common Problems A. B. C. D. E. Drills to Improve Wasted Steps/Crossing Behind Flipping Glove Eyes Not Level Squared Feet Transfer Problems - Use of clock - Break it down A. - 1-2-3 Drill Center of Gravity, Hiding the Ball Fielding ball off throwing side G. Separating / Not staying Compact - Rhythm / Pat Drill H. Not finish off Play / Nose to leather - Receive ball back / Touch Towel I. Poor Angles - Ground ball at / Triangle Drill J. Slow to Ball, Speeding Up / Poor “Clock” K. Fielding Ball Underneath You F.
  7. 7. Glove Hand Side A. Fundamentals Drills To Improve - Progressions /Problems - Cones - Crossover Step - Angles - Exaggerate Angle - Glove Open - Throwing Position - Triangle Drill - Angles - Fielding Fundamentals
  8. 8. V - Cut A. Fundamentals / Angle Drills To Improve - Progressions / Problems - Cone - Decisions to make - Lazy Feet - Angle - Bad Angles - Attack - Work through ball to target - Aggressive - Use your feet - Triangle Drill
  9. 9. Back Hand A. Fundamentals Drills to Improve - - Clap Drill Progressions / Problems - Triangle Drill - Angle - Eyes Level - Bend Knees - Field ball 6” to 8” off glove foot - Palm Open / Elbow Out / Fingers Spread - Swipe through ball slightly - Bring Shoulders into position - Plant Hard on inside cleats - Open up hips / Arm on top - Follow through
  10. 10. Slow Roller Fundamentals Drills to Improve - Progressions/Problems A. - QB, No Panic Drill - Two Handed SR Two Handed - Field 12” to 18” inside throwing side of foot -R/L/R - Elevate body - Ball to belt - Break hands - Glove to shoulder - Belt buckle to target - Arm parallel or better - Allow for tail on ball - Continue to your target - One Handed SR - Triangle Drill One Handed - Establish Angle - Field with glove just outside and in front of GH foot - L / R / L / R steps - Glove and ball to belt - Separate - Glove to shoulder - Belt buckle to target - Arm parallel or better - Allow for tail on ball - Continue to your target
  11. 11. Solve Problems Ahead of Time            Communicate Between Pitches (Anticipation) Versatility – Play all Positions – Why? Arms, Angles, See other person problems Repetitions – We Throw A LOT! We Field A LOT! Practice At Game Speed / Stopwatch / Live Runners / GBS’s Will the ball to you / Know your pitcher, pitch situations, and hitter COMPETE!!! Quality / Quantity / Endurance / Focus Keep ball between your head and the target Catch ball between your feet “One bad throw leads to another” Off balance fielding Off Balance Throw Off Balance Result
  12. 12. Group Drills  Group Drills ◦ Ball Handling Square Drill ◦ Angle Throwing Drills ◦ Circle Movement BH Drill ◦ Down the Line BH Drill ◦ Around the World ◦ NFL ◦ Triangle Drills ◦ Triangle DP Drills
  13. 13. Group Drills  Square Drill ◦ Repetitions ◦ Versatility ◦ Competition ◦ Accountability ◦ Intensity - Square Drill 1 - Square Drill 2
  14. 14. Group Drills  Ground Ball Scrimmage ◦ Left-side GBS ◦ Right-side GBS ◦ Double-play GBS
  15. 15. Group Drills  Scrimmages ◦ Bunts Between Innings ◦ Steals ◦ Defense!!!
  16. 16. Group Drills  Double Play Themes / Fundamentals ◦ Catch Ball between your feet ◦ Ball between your head and the base ◦ Bad DP’s ◦ Good DP’s ◦ One bad throw leads to another ◦ You be sure, he’ll be quick
  17. 17. Group Drills  Ponza ◦ Infield in ◦ Pop – Ups  Batting Practice ◦ Themes ◦ 1’s – DP’s (Live off bat)  PFP
  18. 18. Closing Remarks Jack Leggett leggetj@clemson.edu (864)903-9794 www.jackleggett.com For a copy of this presentation, please visit www.jackleggett.com

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