Baseball Drills – The Wild Pitch

As a team, you spend much of your time practicing to play a perfect game. But let's be honest, people make mistakes, and most games, even professional, are far from perfect. For that reason it is important to practice what to do when things go wrong. This drill will help you quickly rebound from a wild pitch.

A wild pitch occurs any time the ball is outside of comfortable catching range for the catcher, whether it is too high, too low or too wide. On occasion players are able to make the catch anyways, but usually a wild pitch results in the ball landing beyond the catcher. It is in the time the catcher scurries to get the ball back in play that the opposing team's players have easy base runs.

Start the drill by placing runners at second and third.

Have your pitcher intentionally pitch long.

Not the real fun comes in. The pitcher, noticing his error, runs to cover home while the catcher gets the ball. The catcher, obviously, will try to first get the runner out at home, then the pitcher will throw to third in an attempt for the double play.

Practice that, but also mix it up a bit. Have the catcher intentionally throw past the pitcher, in which case first, second and third basemen charge the mound to collect the ball. The shortstop runs to third. The center fielder will run in to cover second, and right field will cover first. The left fielder backs up third base, which is covered by the short stop.

Run the drill in multiple variations to get your team ready for the inevitable wild pitch in your next little league game.