The Game of 21 is essentially a game of catch. Players need to focus on getting the correct grip and using proper form. Better throws are rewarded with more points.
For this drill, players should be using a proper four-seam grip, waiting for a two-hand target, and using the five steps of throwing.
- Pair up players with similar skills and abilities.
- Both players are going to stand opposite each other.
- Players will take turns throwing the ball to one another.
- Every throw is worth points. Throws that hit a two-hand target directly in the chest are worth three (3) points. For throws just outside of the two-hand target, two (2) points are awarded. Any throw that is well outside of the two-hand target is only worth one (1) point. Every throw is awarded points even if it is well off the mark.
- For beginners, play can continue until a player reaches 11 points. Once players are skilled enough, this drill can continue until a player reaches 21 points.
Coaching Tips: Focus on proper form and good throws. Adjust the throwing distance between players to increase or decrease the difficulty of the drill. Make sure that ball catchers are making two-handed catches.