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People should not expect youth baseball coaches to be experts with baseball strategy. Additionally, even after playing major league baseball, it took years of study to notice the finer details of the baseball swing and baseball-throwing actions, so volunteer coaches cannot know all the finer details of those, either.
However, one of my pet peeves is youth baseball coaches, who allow kids to get away with basic footwork mistakes. Simple things, as allowing fielders to have the wrong foot out front when fielding, are baseball-coaching points that even inexperienced coaches should catch, no pun intended.
The correct footwork on a normal groundball is to have the feet parallel when catching the ball or the glove side foot out front slightly, as players square the ball up in the middle of the feet.
The other key footwork coaching points that youth coaches should be aware of involve footwork around the bases on thrown balls.
For most tag plays, basemen begin by straddling the base until making adjustments for throws.
Once again, good baseball coaches notice the little footwork moves of fielders and make the necessary footwork adjustments, so players have the best chance at success.
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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