How To Make A Baseball Picker Upper?

Learn how to make a baseball picker upper in this easy to follow tutorial. You’ll be able to make your own in no time!



In baseball, a pickoff is an act by a pitcher to catch a baserunner off guard and pick him off. A pitcher uses various deception techniques to make a runner believe he is throwing the ball to home plate, while in fact he is throwing it to a fielder near the baserunner.

What You Will Need

-A broom
-A dustpan

-A funnel
-A balloon

1. Cut the bristles of the broom in half with the scissors. Be careful not to cut yourself. If the broom is new, you may want to sand the edges of the bristles to prevent splinters.
2. Turn the broom upside down so that the handle is pointing up. You will be attaching the dustpan to the handle of the broom.
3. Place the dustpan upside down on top of the handle of the broom so that the two handles are parallel to each other and pointing in opposite directions. The opening of the dustpan should be facing downwards.
4. Use tape to secure the dustpan to the handle of the broom, being sure to wrap it tightly so that it is secure. Try not to use too much tape as it will make it difficult to remove later on. You can also use a stapler instead of tape if you prefer.
5. Turn the dustpan/broom combination right side up so that the bristles are pointing downwards. The picker upper is now ready for use!

Step One: Trace and Cut the PVC Pipes

The first step is to trace and cut two pieces of PVC pipe. One pipe should be 18 inches long and the other should be 24 inches long. Then, using a hacksaw, cut two notches into the 18-inch piece of pipe. These notches will be used to attach the pipes together later on.

Step Two: Assemble the “Picker Upper”
Next, take the 18-inch piece of pipe and fit it snugly into one end of the 24-inch piece of pipe. The hacked-off notches should help keep the pipes together. Once the two pipes are fitted together, glue them in place with PVC cement.

Step Three: Make a Handle for Your “Picker Upper”
Now that the main body of your picker upper is assembled, you need to make a handle so you can actually pick things up with it. To do this, take a 6-inch piece of PVC pipe and glue it perpendicularly onto the top of your picker upper (the point where the two pipes meet). Then, take a 12-inch piece of PVC pipe and glue it to the other side of your picker upper in the same way.

Your picker upper is now complete! To use it, simply slide it over the top of a baseball and lift up!

Step Two: Assemble the PVC Pipes

Now that you have all of your materials, it’s time to start building your baseball picker upper. Begin by attaching two of the 90-degree elbow joints to one end of each of the 10-foot sections of PVC pipe.

Next, take the remaining two elbow joints and attach them to the other end of each 10-foot section of PVC pipe.

Now, take the four T-joints and attach them to the middle of each 10-foot section of PVC pipe.

Finally, attach the fourcapsto the open ends of each PVC pipe.

Step Three: Attach the Netting

Take the netting and drape it over the PVC pipe. Make sure that the netting is centered on the pipe. Once you have the netting in place, take the zip ties and secure the netting to the pipe. Start by attaching one zip tie to each end of the pipe. Then, add zip ties every few inches in between the end zip ties.

Step Four: Attach the Handle

Now that you have the main body of the picker upper complete, it is time to attach the handle. Take the 2x4 piece of wood and drill a hole in one end. The hole should be big enough for the dowel to fit through snugly. Once the hole is drilled, insert the dowel into the hole and glue it in place. Allow the glue to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step Five: Use Your Baseball Picker Upper!

Now that you have your very own baseball picker upper, it is time to put it to use! Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your new device:

-Practice using your baseball picker upper on different types of surfaces. This will help you get a feel for how much pressure you need to apply in order to pick up a ball.
-Try picking up balls of different sizes. This will help you understand how the size of the ball affects the performance of your baseball picker upper.
-Experiment with different techniques. You may find that you prefer picking up balls with a quick motion or slow and steady pressure.
-Most importantly, have fun! Using your baseball picker upper is a great way to improve your ball-handling skills.


Now that you know how to make a baseball picker upper, you can use this handy tool at your next game. With a little practice, you’ll be able to pick up any ball that comes your way.

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