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Tips on Fielding

Fielding Techniques and Drills

Fielding is a skill that is often overlooked by young players as it is perceived as not as fun as hitting and pitching. Many games are won or lost by fielding, especially the close ones. Nothing frustrates a pitching staff more than having to throw more pitches than necessary due to shabby fielding.

Ready Position

  • As the pitcher goes into his windup, each infielder should get into what is called the ready position. The ready position involves the following:
  • Spread your feet slightly wider then shoulder width, so that you can take off in any direction.
  • Weight should be on the balls of your feet.
  • Bend at the back with your seat down, your hands in front of you, and with the glove facing out.

Outfield Fly Ball

  • Be positioned and on the balls of your feet ready to "take off" at the crack of the bat
  • On high fly balls get to the spot where the ball is coming down
  • Set up behind the ball
  • Move "through" the ball to catch it (using both hands) with your momentum moving toward the infield
  • "Crow Hop" to set feet, throw and follow through

Fielding Ground Balls

  • Set up in the "ready" position
  • Position your feet (ball of your throwing side foot even with the instep of your catching side)
  • Go to the ball. Don't wait for it to come to you
  • Field the ball out in front aligned with the center of your body
  • Point front shoulder and hip at target
  • Step, throw over top and follow through


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Fielding Ground Balls Backhanded

  • Set up in the "ready" position
  • Position your feet (ball of your throwing side foot even with the instep of your catching side)
  • Crossover step to the ball side
  • Keep your head positioned directly above your glove
  • Must have flexion in knees and hips
  • Fingers of glove down on ground early
  • Plant your throwing side foot
  • Point hip and lead shoulder towards target
  • Throw the ball "over the top"



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Fielding Pop-ups

  • When fielding pop-ups, it is important to remember which positions have priority over other positions.
  • You will want to determine based on the arc of the ball where you think it will come down, and then get there as soon as possible.
  • Run on the balls of your feet, otherwise the ball will have a bobbing effect.
  • Always use two hands when catching a popup.
  • Catch the ball at about eye-level.
  • Most importantly, communicate. Use the phrase "Ball" to call it.
  • Don't wait to see if someone else is going for the ball first before attempting to field the ball, go for it.
  • If someone else has priority they should call you off.



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Double Play Pivot Shortstop to 2nd

  • Field ball out in front of you
  • Stay low and pivot toward target, throwing from where you catch the ball (Ball on ground; throw sidearm to 3/4, High bouncing ball; throw 3/4 to overtop)
  • Release the ball quickly



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Double Play Pivot 2nd to Shortstop

  • Field the ball out in front of you
  • Stay low
  • Pivot with your body open to target without moving feet
  • Throw the ball with your arm in the 3/4 position



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Double Play Toss 2nd to Shortstop

  • Field the ball out in front of you
  • Stay low
  • Go "through" the ball
  • Step toward your target with your throwing hand and foot "flip and follow" (toss) the ball



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