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365 Days to Better Baseball - Optimizing Baseball Fielding Footwork

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365 Days to Better Baseball - Optimizing Baseball Fielding Footwork

Wednesday Web Gem Tips Zooming in on Setup Position of Fielders

What separates the good from the great? Attention to Detail

Something that is often overlooked is the setup position of fielders, even when they appear to be in ready position. Many players set their feet too close together and have to take a little jab step before crossing over and other players incorrectly set their feet too wide apart and sit so low that they have to stand up before moving side to side. Great fielding range comes from first step quickness, along with covering the maximum distance with this first step. Thosehappen when players have their feet the optimum distance apart with their weight evenly balanced and on the balls of their feet. A good way of finding this optimum position is having players jump their highest and hold the position they land in no guarantee but this method works for most players, anyway. Additionally, this ready position is the same for all positions and for lead off position on base,with the only difference being how much bend is in the knees. For example, 1st and 3rdbaseman will have more bend than other positions.

Jared Heads to his Position Image by Just Us 3 via Flickr

About Jack Perconte

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.

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