Scoop Ball Drill
Getting players to perform a fielding task with different equipment
Two empty plastic gallon milk cartons. Duct tape and utility knife.
This is an alternative to using a glove. A prop is used. I’ve spoken how some t-ball gloves are nothing more than a flat piece of plastic with space for 5 fingers. I have called them “pancake gloves” because of the flatness of them. This drill is an alternate that is more of an at home drill because of the preparation. Your own kids will remember the process for years. As a coach you can prepare these at home and bring them in to your practice. It is excellent for hand-eye coordination.
- Take 2 gallon plastic milk or water containers.
- Clean them out good.
- Take any type of hand saw or utility knife.
- Draw a straight line with a sharpie around 2-3 inches from the bottom.
- With the hand saw or knife, cut around as straight as you could so the bottom of the milk container is not there and it is open.
- Holding it by the handle upside down gives it an area to catch objects.
- This part is very important. Because you cut the bottom off, the edges are sharp. You must line it with duct tape so no one gets cut or pinched.
- Using a whiffle ball or a rag ball (the rag ball is best) have a catch using the milk container as a glove.
I’ve done this with all my kids and even did a little progression going to the 1/2 gallon milk containers. Even though the hand placement with the milk container is not the same as it is for a glove, we are working on eye-hand coordination and are putting the young players in a position to succeed. If you play with this over a short period of time, you will notice a comfort level and see improvement with the your son, daughter or team players that use it. This technique is especially helpful if you do have a player that cannot catch a ball in his glove. Try this and you should see a better success rate.
Teaching players to catch an object with an alternative method.