This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.
Purpose: A warm up routine that gets the hands and eyes ready for more advanced close catching drills. It also allows a coach to make changes to technique where needed.
Description: Players stand in pairs opposite each other as shown in the diagram below. The ball is thrown underarm to each other at knee level. The pair that completes the most catches in a set time (usually a minute) is the winner.
Variations: Take away the competitive element and make the catching harder (lower catches or dives).