Infielders can use the sandwich or alligator approach to fielding ground balls — both are correct. The key is using two hands.
Four corners is a great throwing and receiving drill youth baseball coaches can use for all ages. When receiving the baseball in this drill,it is critical to turn towards the throwing side.
Youth baseball coaches can use simple visual tools like putting tape on a young player's shoe to remind them to step with that foot when throwing.
Once youth baseball coaches have correctly taught their players how to throw the ball, coaches shouldn't be afraid to discipline their players and hold them accountable for not following their training.
Fielding ground balls with the glove side foot slightly ahead of the throwing side foot enables infielders to square to their target and get rid of the baseball quicker.
Young baseball players should learn to get in the habit of catching the baseball with two hands. Do this by putting the thumb on the emblem of the glove.
For young baseball players who struggle catching the ball with a glove, take the glove off and have them catch with their bare hand. Focus on hand position, rather than catching the baseball. You should see immediate improvement.
Young infielders who struggle with making a strong throw across the diamond need to over-exaggerate their follow through. This will help them go to and through their target when throwing the baseball.
Baseball coaches can use a wall to teach correct throwing and hitting mechanics. The same drills could be used with a fence instead of a wall.
Hitters who step in the bucket often do the same when throwing. Youth baseball coaches can use the same hitting drill to fix this throwing issue.