Infield Play With Drills - Coach Ed Servaisby NHSBCA
Infield Play With Drills
Infield positions are different from the rest because it requires you to be quick on your feet, and be able to adjust your body in seconds. Simply put one of the more defensive positions on the field. Infield players try to prevent runs from being scored by catching fly balls, tagging runners or throwing the ball to base before the opposing player gets there. That means your best infielders should be second base, shortstop and center field. Great infield players have the ability to create double plays or even triple plays.
There are many drills that can help improve the infield play. Drills like the rolled ground ball seem quite simple. Players assume the position with a wide base stance, butt down and hands out. First balls are hit soft and easy enough to master, as the drill progresses you hit the ball harder and more unorthodox. Making it harder on the infidel player to make the play. After much repetition, the players' confidence and ability to make big plays will grow. Catching drills and backhand drills are also great for practice and pre-game exercises.
In this course, Ed Servais talks about the importance of having good defense in the infield. He breaks down drills he likes to incorporate into his practices to help improve his players defense. Everything from positioning to the correct glove is covered by Ed Servais.
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Ed Servais is at the top of the helm of the Creighton baseball program. Guiding the Bluejays to their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance under his leadership in 2019 (2005, 2007, 2011, 2012 & 2019).
Known as a coach who emphasizes team defense, Servais’ teams have consistently been among the nation’s best in fielding percentage. In his first season (2004) the Bluejays’ .982 fielding percentage led the country. Creighton has repeated that impressive feat two additional times (2009 & 2014). During Servais’ 16 seasons at Creighton, the Bluejays have finished in the NCAA’s top-10 in fielding 11 times (including fifth in 2019). Since the Servais era began, Creighton has committed the fewest errors in the nation (758), while also leading the country with a .977 fielding percentage.
Servais’ reputation for teaching was rewarded during the summer of 2013, Servais served as one of three assistants for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. Servais was responsible for team defense and was the first base coach. Servais helped Team USA post a 7-3 record, including a five-game sweep of the Cuban National Team.
Servais’ ability to prepare his squad to play beyond the college ranks led to 37 Bluejays being taken over the last 16 seasons in the MLB Draft. Six Creighton players were selected in the draft following the 2019 season, tying the six Bluejays taken from the 1991 team.