This drill focuses on getting a good jump. Your first step will often determine if you catch the ball or not at the end of a long run. In this drill, the instructor stands opposite the player in the outfield.
The outfielder reads ball direction as the instructor points to different areas, backpedaling, turning and running in that direction, doing whatever it takes to get to the spot that the coach points at quickly.
The fielder is to sprint 3-5 steps in the correct direction, then repeat the process.