Disagree with some of this.I would personally recommend that the outfielder should learn not to take their eyes off the ball, especially for beginners and moderate outfielders. It is pretty difficult to refind the ball once you take your eyes off it. That being said, there are some outfielders that are pretty damn good at recovering on a ball that fools the outfielder or slices one way or the other off the bat. Jim Edmonds is a outfileder that comes to mind at being very good at doing a outside pivot on a ball that ends up over the wrong shoulder.
I would practice the easy drop step way first and then practice the difficult way where you take your eyes off the ball.
Do all outfield drills, even those that don't use a ball, with a glove on. Get them used to the drop step, running, etc. with the glove on.Off topic a little but it drives me nuts when they run with their glove arm raised, who runs that way. It can be a hard habit to break.
I had a girl who did this and it was so hard to break. She was very fast, a legitimate 2.7 as a righty, but she could cover no ground in the OF because she insisted on running with her glove extended above her head.Off topic a little but it drives me nuts when they run with their glove arm raised, who runs that way. It can be a hard habit to break.