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Position Basics

 Mental Notes From Coach: A Reminder for the good player, blue print for a coach’s practice, or target for the new player

 

First Base: 

·         On an infield hit, get to bag and stand tall and still. Be a great target.

·         Do not stretch to ball until after it has been thrown.

·         Reach for the ball as it arrives, and look for next play or get it around.

·         Hold a runner by positioning yourself on the home plate side of the bag.  Do not straddle the bag.

·         Once a pitch is delivered move quickly to a fielding position.

·         Once a catcher has the ball move quickly back to the bag for a possible pick off.  Receive the pick off from the catcher while facing foul territory.  Don’t get twisted out of being able to catch the ball.

·         No one on base?  Play deep near the grass unless coach brings you in.

·         Field the ball with two hands, on ground balls think of your glove as a dustpan and your hand as a brush.

·         Be sure bag is covered on all plays.

 

 

Second Base:

·         Play deep near the grass unless coach brings you in

·         Lots of time to stop the ball and throw it so job one is to knock the ball down!

·         Then take your time and set your self for a smooth throw to first.

·         With a runner on, move in slowly to the bag and be ready for an early pitcher pick off.  If not offered upon set the pick off will instead be through the short stop so move back to a good fielding position!

·         Always be certain your bag, and First Base, is covered during all live ball periods

·         Field the ball with two hands, on ground balls think of your glove as a dustpan and your hand as a brush.

  

 

Third Base:

·         Play deep near the grass unless coach brings you in EXCEPT

·         With the #9, 1, or 2 hitters play even with the bag, assuming a speedy runner

·         Hot shot?  Knock the ball down.  Still plenty of time to set and throw.

·         Always be certain your bag is covered during live ball periods.

·         Play off the line and Dive Right.  Knock the ball down.

·         Field the ball with two hands, on ground balls think of your glove as a dustpan and your hand as a brush.

·         Be sure bag is covered

 

 

Shortstop:

·         Play deep near the grass unless coach brings you in

·         Be sure 2nd and 3rd bags are covered.

·         Know the pitcher’s sign for a pick-off at 2nd

·         You own the infield, call for the ball or yell who is to get it

·         You own being sure the outfield is set and the pitcher does not set until they are

·         You own positioning the outfield.  Understand your pitcher: fastball pitcher with poor batters mean shifting all fielders accordingly

 

 

Pitcher

·         Putting a ball in play is almost always better than a walk

·         Do whatever it takes to get a strike in the first two pitches

·         Follow your catcher’s lead and throw at his glove

·         Pitcher counts like 1 and 2 or 0 and 2 generally call for a high pitch out of the strike zone but not above the batter’s head

·         Batter counts like 3 and 1 or full call for a strike unless you are working around a good hitter.

·         Know which base to back up on all plays and GET THERE!

·         Cover home plate on all pass balls with runners at 2nd or 3rd

·         Cover 1st base on all 1st base side infield hits or back up base ahead of lead runner on outfield hits.

 

 

Catcher

·         Master of the Universe:  Act that way!

·         Understand where your pitcher is and how he changes during the game, call for pitches accordingly

·         Make sure the fielders are all ready before setting for the pitch

·         Control the flow of the game; speed up pitches or go out and talk to the pitcher to slow it down

·         Back up plays at first if no one on, or double play ball with no one at 2nd or 3rd.

·         Watch for pick off opportunities at all 4 bases and have signals with the fielders.

·         Get a strike on one of the first two pitches.

·         Never walk a batter unless called for by the situation.

·         Respect the Ump, partner with him, eye contact, Yes Sir,

·         Always be ‘Gear Ready’ when in the dugout

·         Call out the play for the infield:  Get One, Four, etc.

 

 

Outfield

·         Involved in EVERY pitch

·         Back up potential pick off situations

·         Ball in air in front of you throw to get lead runner

·         Ball in air going back throw to keep lag runner off 2nd

·         Ball on ground within 5 feet of you throw to get lead runner

·         Ball on ground more than 5 feet away throw to keep lag runner off 2nd

·         Shift to adjust to pitcher speed and batter quality.

·         Move in on hitter #8, back on middle order 3 to 7, medium on #9, 1, and 2

How To Change A Habit In Only 21 Days!

Are you trying to work on getting into good habits on the baseball field? Something like always getting into a good athletic movement on each pitch? Or alway setting up 'big' at first and only stretching to catch the ball AFTER it is thrown? Or catching a fly ball with your glove being directly between your head and the ball? Or stepping to a pitch instead of stepping out?
. Well, the way to create a new habit is to do that new thing 60 times a day, for 21 days. Now before you say, Whoa, that's a lot, consider that you don't have to do all 60 at one time. You can do 15 of them, 4 times a day, or 10 of them 6 times a day, or 30 of them twice a day. All that matters is that it adds up to 60 for the day, and you do it for 21 straight days.
. Give it a try and see how soon you can make good habits kick in automatically.

LITTLE LEAGUE TO BABE RUTH IN THE EYES OF A 13 YEAR OLD - Sullivan T.

. My transition to Babe Ruth from little league baseball was both fun and easy. I participated in a winter clinic with the Babe Ruth League where I got to know some of the coaches and kids from Smithfield and got to practice all of my baseball skills. The field is larger than little league but after a few practices it feels normal again. (For me I played middle school so I had some experience at the bigger field)
. The best part for me is the wooden bats; I think they are a lot better. With metal bats all you have to do is make contact and the ball will sail. With the wooden bats you actually have to have control and hit the ball properly, it makes you a better batter.
. I am at the one of the youngest kids on my team since the ages are 13-15 yrs, but it doesn’t seem that way to me and it gives me good competition. You don’t have to worry about playing time either. There is a rule that you have to at least play 2 innings and bat once.
. Coaches usually play you more than that and give you chances at playing the positions you played in little league.

Indoor Wall Bounce Drill Makes You a Better Infielder

January 17, 2010
Great drill you should start doing now inside. It will help you get your body in the right position to field ground balls and improve your hand-eye coordination.
. Get a hand ball, tennis ball or a pinky and stand about 3 feet away from a wall.
. Now with your glove hand, toss the ball lightly against the wall, underhanded.
. Let the ball bounce once and bounce it off the wall again with your glove hand (no glove) palm up as if you were catching a ground ball.
. Try to get to 25-30 reps without missing the ball and you will be doing great.Its not easy. But the more you do it the better you will get.
. You need to keep your rear end low in a good fielding position, and that will strengthen your legs and improve your balance. And you need to move your feet to be sure the ball is coming back to the center of your stance.
. Start today!

Catcher's Winter Habit

August 23, 2012
. Want to be ready to be a most excellent catcher? Start in the fall and winter with strengthening those legs. Remember to properly be in a position to frame the ball for a strike, or throw the ball to catch a runner, your thighs should always be level, or parallel, to the ground, kind of like two railroad tracks laid running level above the ground.
. To be ready to do that, a good drill is to get into that position and hold it during commercials for TV programs you are watching in the off season. When the commercial comes on, let that be your trigger to strengthen those legs in the proper position.
. If you do this regularly, it will be automatic during games and you will be way ahead of the competition!

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