Lay Down Drill

  Posted Nov 01/15 by Shawn Lockhart for Better Coaches

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  • This is a fun drill designed to develop strength in the wrist as well as emphasize proper backspin.


  • Balls (1 between partners)
  • Note: it may be a good idea to use incrediballs or softees for this drill
  • Gloves


  • Divide players into partners and line them up along one of the foul lines.
  • Players should be positioned 5-10 feet apart depending on arm strength.
  • One partner lays down (using their glove as a head rest) while the other stands in front of them with a baseball.
  • Partner standing simply lobs the ball to the player on the ground. The player on the ground checks for proper gip and throws ball to partner's chest.


  • For younger players, it may be safer for the partner standing to roll the ball back instead of lobbing it in the air.
  • Emphasis should be placed on flicking the wrist and getting good backspin.
  • Players should throw the ball using a 4 seam grip and aim for their partner's chest.