Wednesdays Web Gems Tips Little Things that Make the Player
Good coaches teach the little things, especially things that seem obvious, but are often neglected by ball players, even high-level baseball players. For example, it is surprising how often players take the ball out of their glove with more than two fingers after fielding the ball. Either this causes the player to re-grip the baseball, costing them time, or throwing a palm ball, costing them speed and accuracy on the throw.
Getting ready on the pitch, good fielders take a walking two-step as the pitch approaches home, with their glove side foot (2nd one) landing as the ball reaches the hitting zone.
Lining it up Good fielders consistently line every ball they can get in front of between their two feet and two eyes and catch the ball with two hands.
Ball transfer after catching ball, good fielders take the ball out of the glove with a two-finger grip across the two seams.
Footwork good fielders take a quick aggressive two-step crow hop towards their target after smoothly fielding the ball.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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