365 Days to better Baseball – Advanced Fielding Tips & Techniques

Wednesdays Web Gems Tips – Two Toughest Plays on Defense? Of course, there are many tough plays in the infield and outfield. Maybe the most difficult for the outfielder is the ball hit directly at them in the air, especially the line drive ball. Because there is no reason to break left or tight, as balls hit to their left or right, the ball hit directly at the outfielder creates perception problems, whether to break in, hold ground or break back. What to do?  The best thing to do when unsure as to the depth of this directly hit line-drive ball, is to bend the knees quickly and try to create an angle with the eyes and the ball. This angle … [Read more...]

365 Days to Better Baseball – Don’t Forget to Practice This Play

Friday Base Running Secrets – One Tough Base Running Decision Not too much deflates a team more than having runners in scoring position, only to have them get out because of wrong base running decisions. Although they are difficult decisions and difficult to practice, practicing them leads to runs and wins, with the correct decisions.   Base Running Situation – Runner on second base only and a ground ball hit to the runners right. Of course, the inclination is to try to advance on ground balls, but when runners just run on this play, they often run into an easy out at third base. What to do – Runner must be cautious on this play and make … [Read more...]

365 Days to Better Baseball – Most Exciting Play in Baseball?

Friday Base Running Secrets – Essential Tag Up Base Running Drill One of the most exciting plays in baseball is the play at the plate. Following is a fun and essential drill that teaches runners how to tag up and helps them make good base running decisions. Additionally, this base running drill uses and helps outfielders, cut off people and catchers gain experience at this critical play. Baseball Drill Set a player in the outfield, at third base, catcher, and another at the cut-off position between outfielder and home plate. The remaining players are base runners (with helmets on) at third base. Coaches either hit or throw catchable fly … [Read more...]

365 Days to Better Baseball – Don’t Forget to Prepare to go Home

Friday Base Running Secrets – Essential base running practice Baseball coaches generally spend a lot of time working on base running with running drills at first base – running to, leading off from first base and going to second-base. This is necessary practice, with continual practice good, but youth baseball coaches should not neglect practicing drills going from third base to home plate. It is somewhat understandable because base runners are on third base so much less of the time than on first base, but it is no less important so players score runs, of course. Third Base Running Drill Coaches should line up a couple of extra bases at … [Read more...]