The best infield drills at home: Low Intensity Skill Routines

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Low Intensity Skill Routines are by far the best way to do infield drills at home… or without a partner.

Imagine improving your game with an extra thousand reps a month or 12,000 reps a year – all achievable in just a few minutes a day.

I played professionally for 16 seasons, which means I had 15 OFF-SEASONS where I had to figure out how to stay sharp (about half of which were in Colorado in the winter ❄️).

In the video below, I’ll show you my favorite fielding drills that offers high reps, short duration, and minimal physical strain.

And the best part?

You don’t need a lot of space, and there’s no partner required.

Watch the video to learn what they are and how you can start doing these fielding drills at home today… even without a partner.

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Summary – What are Low Intensity Skill Routines?

The drill focuses on low-intensity skill work, beneficial for all baseball players. Inspired by coaches like Ron Washington and Perry Hill, these drills are widely used across Major League Baseball.

By dedicating a few minutes daily, you can accumulate significant reps, leading to impressive results on the field. The drill breaks down into two phases: using feet for catching ground balls and involving hands in the fielding stance.

The emphasis is on increasing adjustability and consistency. Starting from a kneeling position, players progress to their feet, working on catching short hops, in-between hops, and long hops within a defined zone.

You can do these drills with a wall, a rebounder net like this one, with a partner, or with a pitching machine. Demonstrating the drill, he showcases forehand, backhand, and slow roller techniques, totaling 40 reps in a short time.

Consistency is key, and practicing this drill daily can result in an extra 1,000 reps a month. For those interested in downloadable variations, Doug offers a one-page sheet with additional drills to enhance creativity in training.

In summary, dedicating a few minutes each day to low-intensity skill work can significantly impact your performance, making a summer of consistent, short-duration drills a game-changer for any baseball player.


Video Transcript:

The best fielding drills to do at home (even without a partner):  Low Intensity Skill Routines

Begin Transcript:  “What would your game look like if you could get an extra thousand reps a month? An extra 12,000 reps a year? Now I’m about to show you can accomplish that in four to five minutes a day.

Hey guys, how you doing? Doug Bernier from probaseballinsider.com. Today I wanted to give you one of my favorite Fielding drills. Now why do I like it? It’s a three-headed monster number one it’s going to give you a whole lot of reps, it’s going to do it in a really short amount of time, and finally, it’s not going to be taxing on the body.

Now, drills, in general, are created because you’re working on certain deficiencies that you have to deal with. So what might be a good drill for you might not be a good drill for somebody else, but what’s awesome about this drill package that I’m going to cover is good for everybody. Anyone that’s going to feel the baseball, this is going to help you out. I like to call these low-intensity skill work.

Now you might have seen it Ron Washington, Perry Hill, those are the guys, at least for me, that made these drills kind of come to life a little bit. That’s where I started to take notice of them. Now if you look across Major League Baseball, you’re going to find every organization has some sort of variation of these drills, low-intensity skill work. Now when I first started seeing these drills, I just thought I was just going to be going through the motions kind of just in a way just checking a box. I didn’t understand how impactful these drills can be when you do them right and what you’re actually trying to accomplish.

I want you to understand that if we can take four to five minutes a day and knock out 40 to 50 reps, if you start to add that up, that’s an extra 250 reps a week, a thousand a month, an extra 12,000 a year. Now, all of a sudden, we’re starting to separate ourselves from others in a short amount of time, and you’re going to start to see big-time results. And all this takes is about four to five minutes a day.

So let’s take fielding and split it into two categories. Number one, we’re using our feet to catch the ground ball, right? So we’re using our footwork, we’re letting our eyes dictate The Hop that we’re trying to catch, and we go catch the ball, right? That’s number one. But now we’re in our Fielding stance, now phase two is happening, that’s where our hands come into play, that’s where we’re going to catch the ball with our hands.

In a perfect world, our feet are going to put us in position every time to get the hop that we want. But baseball is hard, real life happens, and we’re not going to be in a perfect position to field every ground ball, that’s just realistic. That’s why this drill set is so important. We’re trying to increase the range at which our hands can work and be as consistent as possible as we’re going through these drills. That’s going to equate into our ground ball sessions on the field.

Alright, so what do I mean? So if you’ve seen any of these drill packages before, we start on our knees, we’re going to go to our feet, but we’re going to do this by taking out the footwork. So again, let’s fast forward to we’re just working on the Fielding stance and catching the ball. Now as we get into position to feel the ball, we’re going to have about a 15-inch rectangular Zone in front of us. Alright, this is something that I figured out the more I started to do this drill.

When the ball is just in front of my knee, so I’m in this position and I’m right here and I’m catching the short hop right here. Now I’m able to that that’s the ideal position to catch a ground ball. From here, I can merge the catch with the throw, I can bring the ball back to my Center Line, I can funnel the ball if I want, I can do a lot of things from this position.

But then from here, if I go two balls out in front of this, now all of a sudden I’m not really able to funnel quite as easily. I’m turning this hop into an in-between hop. So from here when that ball is two inches out in front of that, now I have to go catch it, secure it, contain it with two hands. From there, if we’re still working in this 15-inch Zone, the ball that’s two inches in front now it’s going to be too far for me to reach with two hands. Now I’m going to pull this one away and get as much range as I can with one hand. Again, I’m really trying to dominate this 15-inch Zone in front of me. The more I can turn that 15 into 16 or 17 inches, the more adjustable, the more consistent I’m going to be in a game.

Now what happens next if that ball, let’s say I’m reaching as far as I can, I’m right at the edge of my range, and now the ball hops right here. Now as far as I can go, I’m getting an in-between hop. That’s where I have to know where that line is. Now I back up, and I’m trying to catch the Long hop. So understanding this area in here, how to catch different balls, different moves with our glove depending on how close the ball is to us on that last hop is vital. And in this drill package, we’re able to simulate it and work on it in a short amount of time. Once you do this over and over and over again, these skills are going to become second nature, and you are going to see instant results on the field.

This is going to look a little different, some teams use a Fungo, some teams have a little red machine that shoots out rubber balls, some use a mini hack. Today, I’m using a rebounder where I can throw the ball off and do it myself. You can do this with a partner; this dresses up in many different fashions but it’s the same output. We’re able to get a lot of reps in a short amount of fashion. I’m going to start on my knees, I’m going to do five routine now forehand. From here I can go either 45 degrees or I can still keep my chest forward back in on my feet. I’m going to run through the same thing, I’m gonna do it on my feet now have your base wider than it normally would. Forehand, backhand, now backhand I’m going to kind of Step through it a little bit get a little bit of a little bit of rhythm. Now our range backhand I’m coming this way and then finally I’m going to finish like I would a slow roller so I’m going to come through it right there 40 reps super quick. You did that every single day you’ll knock out an extra thousand reps a month. Now if you are interested in a downloadable version of that, if you’re interested in a few different variations for me personally my off season after I was done playing I

would do a variation that was a little different from what I just showed you it was more reps it was about seven to eight minutes as I got closer to the season this low intensity skill work changed right there I went through eight drills five reps a piece came out to 40 total reps again that happened really really quickly so I want to give you a one-page sheet that has a few different variations to help get your creative juices flowing so there’s a link on or around this video click on it and I’ll send it to your email.”

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Doug Bernier, founder of Pro Baseball Insider.com, debuted in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and has played professional baseball for 5 organizations (CO Rockies, NY Yankees, PIT Pirates, MN Twins, & TX Rangers) over the past 16 years. He has Major League time at every infield position, and has played every position on the field professionally except for catcher. (You should click to watch this great defensive play by Bernier) Where is he now? After 16 years of playing professionally, Doug retired and took a position as a Major League scout with the Colorado Rockies for 2 years. Currently Doug is the Data and Game Planning Coordinator with the Colorado Rockies

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