Overhand Short Toss Drill (up & away)
The Overhand Short Toss Drill is a great drill for isolating the high and outside pitch. This drill can be done with hitters of all ages. And the tosser is able to put the ball into the zone with consistency, while the batter is able to get lots of swings. Coaches, you will love this drill because you can work the entire team in a short amount of time and not wear your arm out.
A helmet should be worn by the batter during this drill. The batter should take his normal stance at the plate. The tosser can stand or sit directly in front of the batter behind an L-screen about 20 feet away. The tosser then tosses the ball into the zone high and outside forcing the batter to hit the ball to the opposite field. The tosser should try to throw the ball at the top of the strike zone making it a tough pitcher's pitch to hit. This drill should be done at every practice and even before games. Hitters can get lots of swings in a short amount of time.
Challenge the batter by having the tosser change speed or put spin on the ball to simulate fastballs and offspeed pitches.
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