Purpose: To allow 5 fielders to practice throwing and flat catching (with a little ground fielding thrown in too). This drill seems a little complex at first but don't be put off. It is excellent and flexible practice especially for before games.
Description: Player 1 rolls the ball to player to who runs in, picks up and throws to player 3 to catch. He then follows the ball to where player 3 is standing (figures 1 and 2).
Player 3 now has the ball. He throws it to player 4 to catch and runs after the ball too. Meanwhile player 4 throws the ball to player 5 and runs to follow the ball. The square restarts with everyone back in position.
Variations: You can reverse the square so everyone runs anti clockwise. This means the ball roll will need to be from player 1 to player 4 (who throws to player 2).
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