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Most people would not believe the amount of defensive communication that occurs before every baseball pitch at the higher levels of baseball. Even before giving the pitcher a pre-pitch sign, the catcher receives information from the bench coaches, as do the position players. After the sign from the catcher, defensive players relay that sign around to each other so all know what pitch is coming. That is just a small segment of what goes on before and after every pitch, with even more communication passing among players when runners are on base.
Of course, some of that communication is extreme and not necessary at the youth levels of baseball. However, basic defensive communication among players is important at even the lowest levels of baseball and coaches must teach ball players the defensive communication necessary to make plays and win baseball games. Not only does it help win games, baseball communication helps players avoid injuries from collisions caused by non- baseball communication.
As mentioned, this is the minimum defensive baseball communication before every pitch and it increases with more experienced players and coaches.
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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