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Knowledge of baseball field conditions is essential when conditions are not ideal, which they rarely are. Additionally, the knowledge of how to play on non-perfect baseball fields only comes with experience, even though good coaches help players with recognizing field and playing conditions.
It is confounding to baseball fans to see major league players make errors on plays that even a ten year old can make. What many of those fans fail to realize is that balls go in and out of lights, or even in and out of white shirts from the stands, that make catching balls very difficult, at times. However, what rightfully confounds fans is when major league players miss fly balls because of the sun, when they do not have, or use, sunglasses.
Many of these baseball field conditions are hard to mimic in practice but coaches should especially have players practice dealing with balls in the sun. Specifically -how to use sunglasses, how to use their glove to shield the sun, and how to stay with balls in the sun until the last moment -are all things to practice.
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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