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One subgroup occupies positions at the cone to the left of home plate, third base, and the cone to the left of second; the other subgroup occupies positions at the cone to the right of home plate, first base, and the cone to the right of second. Procedure The first player in each line at the home plate cones starts with a ball. On the coach’s command, players throw balls in the following manner: One ball goes from the rightfield side of home to first base to the right-field side of second and then back to the right-field side of home; the other ball goes from the left-field side of home to third base to the left-field side of second and then back to the left-field side of home.

One subgroup occupies positions at the cone to the left of home plate, third base, and the cone to the left of second; the other subgroup occupies positions at the cone to the right of home plate, first base, and the cone to the right of second. Procedure The first player in each line at the home plate cones starts with a ball. On the coach’s command, players throw balls in the following manner: One ball goes from the rightfield side of home to first base to the right-field side of second and then back to the right-field side of home; the other ball goes from the left-field side of home to third base to the left-field side of second and then back to the left-field side of home.

This game gives players an opportunity to work on this difficult but important throwing skill. When a ball is hit deep in the hole, the average shortstop may not have a strong enough arm to throw out the batter at first base. But if a runner is on first when the ball is hit, the shortstop may be able to make the force play at second base and get an out. Equipment Gloves, balls, bases, four cones Setup • Mark spots with lining chalk on the infield where the shortstop and second baseman should stand when at double-play depth.

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