Gap Communication

  Posted Nov 01/15 by Shawn Lockhart for Better Coaches

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  • This drill is designed to give players practice communicating for fly balls hit to the outfield.


  • Gloves
  • Baseballs (6 - 10)
  • Fungo (optional)
  • Pitching Machine (optional)


  • Any open field location is fine for this drill, however, an actual baseball diamond is ideal.
  • Divide players into two lines (one line standing in left center, the other in right center) and hit fly balls between them. Their job is to decide who is going to make the catch and who is going to cover.
  • After each hit, have players rotate to the end of opposite lines. For example, player 1 switches to the end of the line that player 2 came from.


  • Using a pitching machine that has been tilted to shoot pop ups may prove to be much easier and more accurate.
  • Pick one player to act as the center fielder (the position that usually holds authority among the rest of the outfielders and dictates who will make the catch.)
  • Always remind players "off the ball" to back up their teammate making the catch.