As an outfielder approaches a low line drive, it is often advantageous to slide to keep the ball closer to eye level. But teaching young outfielders how to defend the low line drive can often be challenging. Here is a drill perfect for instilling this lesson in young fielders.
How the Drill Works
On the coaches 'go' signal, the first player sprints to you and begins a slide (to your side), just before they reach you. A slide here is identical to a slide into a base...feet first with one leg tucked under.
As the player begins to slide, the coach should toss a ball into the air (straight up, 2 to 3 feet) to your side. The player is then to slide underneath the ball and make the catch.