SHORT HOP

Athletic Starting Position

The player is in an athletic position. She is on the balls of her feet which are just outside her shoulders. The glove foot should be slightly in front of the throwing hand foot. The legs are flexed, the bottom is down, and the back is arched. The glove palm is facing towards the ball with the glove on the ground and the arm flexed. The throwing hand is positioned aboved the ball to keep it in place. The chin is down so the eyes can follow the ball into the glove.

Glove Positioning

The player remains in an athletic position as she continues to track the ball to her glove. She positions her glove out front for a short hop. She retains her body position. Her glove is open and to the ball and her arm remains flexed. Her chin is down and her eyes are on the ball.

The player continues in an athletic position as her elbows start to tuck to the sides of her body. She secures the ball with a solid grip.  She remains out over the ball with her chin down.

Secure

Tracking The Ball

The player remains in an athletic position as she starts to track the ball to her glove. She retains her body position. Her glove is open to the ball and her arm remains flexed. Her chin is down and her eyes are on the ball.

Soft Hands

The player remains in an athletic position as she continues to track the ball to her glove. She retains her body position. Her glove elbow, which is still flexed, starts inward towards the body softening the entry of the ball to the glove. Her throwing hand is over the top of the ball. Her chin is down and her eyes are on the ball.

Finish

The player completes the short hop by remaining in an athletic position as her elbows finish tucked to the sides of her body and at a 90 degree angle. The player finishes with her glove close to her chest and her throwing hand gripped to the ball. She remains out over the ball with her chin down.

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