Speed Up Drill
DRILL is a fantastic power building muscle memory drill. One
complete cycle of balls (28 baseballs, 17 softballs) is hit
at a slow, comfortable interval. When the cycle completed
the machine is loaded again and the control is set to a
faster interval. In all, four cycles are recommended,
decreasing the time interval between each. At the end of the
last cycle the hitter should be drained.
The QUICK WRIST DRILL is an excellent drill for developing
bat speed. Holding a short one handed bat, the batter can
either hit from a standing or kneeling position with one leg
forward. This isolates the lower body causing the wrists to
work harder. With Tosser-Upper
the frequency control is set as rapid a speed as the batter
can handle. When one arm tires, the bat is quickly switched
to the other hand.
By coordinating the height setting to the distance of Tosser-Upper
in relation to the hitter, allows the hitter to place to
ball in the exact spot that he or she wants to work.
THE SLAP HITTING DRILL is for softball only. By setting Tosser-Upper
control at a set frequency, the hitter is able to
rhythmically work on timing her approach to the ball. Timing
the ballís arrival with a smooth, clean approach then allows
for a quick break to first. This is the secret of great slap
Learning to hit from both sides of the plate is something
that is often overruled by the young player for fear of
appearing awkward. This problem is easily eliminated by Tosser-Upper.
Now the hitter can practice swinging from the other side of
the plate, alone, in total comfort. Being able to switch hit
is a definite plus for any young hitter seeking higher gains
in baseball or softball.
Catcher's Bunt Drill
The purpose of this drill is to both develop a quicker response
to the bunt and the quick leg muscles to pounce on it. A catch
net is stationed at first base and a loaded
Wheeler Dealer is placed in such a
manner as to duplicate the direction and distance of the bunt
desired. The catcher's crouch is assumed in the catchers' box.
When Tosser-Upper launches
the ball, the catcher charges it, turns and throws into the
catch net at first base. He or she then hurries back into the
catchers' box, awaiting the next launch. This is repeated until
the machine is empty. Initially, the toss is set at its slowest
rate, but as the student becomes more conditioned, the time rate
Double Play Drill
purpose is to decrease the time of turning the double play by
both getting the ball out of the glove quicker and perfecting
the timing between the two players. Tosser-Upper is set in front of either
the shortstop or second baseman and a catch net set at first
base. (The drill can also be performed by one player alone,
fielding then tossing the ball to an imaginary second player).
As in some of the above drills, the toss interval is decreased
in proportion to the degree of proficiency obtained.
consult this page from time to time as many more drill will be
added in the future. We also welcome new drills sent in by you
coaches now using Tosser-Upper.
You can do so by clicking on the E-mail link below.