When a fly ball is catchable, you must make sure you’re able to get an automatic out. Your first focus is to sprint to the spot where the softball is going to land. As it’s coming down, make sure to keep your feet active. In addition, make sure to get your glove extended and keep your eyes clear. This will allow you to see the ball coming down and then make the play. Once you secure the softball, use your body and move through the ball toward your target to make a good throw.
One drill that enforces this play is a simple toss drill. Your coach or teammate will get out in front of you and toss a softball up in different directions. You should react to the ball, sprint to the spot where it will land, while keeping your feet active underneath your body and securing the ball. The distance does not need to be too far, but the idea is for you to work on the footwork and hand-eye coordination to make the play. Repeat the toss numerous times, varying the throw, to build your range.
One of the most important parts of playing the outfield is to get to the softball quickly, secure it and then get it back into the infield. Work on this in practice and you can find success in games when it counts.
It’s also crucial for an outfielder to know how to properly handle a ground ball that’s coming their way. Learn how to properly get the out on a ground ball here.