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Keep on the Defense with These Fielding Tips
5/26/2010
Fielding is a skill that is often overlooked by young players because it is perceived as less fun than hitting and pitching.

Many games are won or lost by fielding, though, especially the close ones.

Here are some tips for fielding ground balls:

1. Get in the “ready” position
• Spread your feet slightly wider than shoulder width so you can take off in any direction.
• Shift your weight to the balls of your feet.
• Bend at the back with your seat down, your hands in front of you and your glove facing out.

2. Field a ground ball straight on
• Set up in the “ready” position.
• Position your feet with the 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 in front of you, aligned with the center of your body.
• Point your front shoulder and hip at your throwing target.
• Step, throw and follow through.

Watch a video of this technique.

3. Field a ground ball backhanded
• Set up in the “ready” position.
• Position your feet with the ball of your throwing-side foot even with the instep of your catching side.
• Take a step across your body.
• Keep your head directly above your glove.
• Keep your knees and hips flexed.
• Get the fingers of your glove on the ground early.
• Plant your throwing-side foot.
• Point your hip and lead shoulder toward your throwing target.
• Throw and follow through.

Watch a video of this technique.

Rawlings has partnered with Ripken Baseball to produce a line of products made just for practicing this essential baseball skill. Look for 5-Tool Training Program items such as the Pro Training Glove and Quick Hands Trainer to develop your hand-eye coordination, reflexes and soft hands.

Visit RawlingsGear.com or contact a Rawlings Gear Customer Care representative at (866) 678-GEAR(4327) to purchase Rawlings training equipment.
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