Having played shortstop for most of my baseball career, I’m certainly no stranger to short hops. I think they’ve always gotten a bad name. They’re not all that much more difficult to field if you have proper mechanics, and that, in large part, means keeping the glove down (that really applies to most ground balls, but is even more true with short hops).
If your glove is down, and you miss, theoretically the ball should still hit some part of your body, allowing you to recover and still make the play. But what a lot of younger players tend to do is jerk the glove up, anticipating the hop. That’s when bad things happen — like the dreaded ball that squirts by “between the wickets.”Youth infield drills (with video!!) - http://generationbaseball.com Click To Tweet
Here’s a drill that helps reinforce proper form when fielding short hops — those hit straight at you, those hit to your glove side and those hit to your backhand. This is a nice drill because you can pretty much do it anywhere. You DO need a partner to feed you the grounders, but that’s it. The creator of the video calls it “The Infield Drill You Should Practice Everyday.” I don’t know if I’d go that far, but it’s a nice drill. Enjoy and let us know what you think.