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Taking the wrong route to the ball, reading the wrong hop, and laying back on the baseball when one should have charged it are all mental gaffes that may show up as physical ones in the moment. The only way to be better is to combine the physical fundamentals of fielding a ground ball with the mental ones, so players even have a chance to catch the bad hops and all of the others.
As seen in the fielding tips below, the mental preparation before the ball is put into play is crucial. That is the reason I take pregame infield practice like I do. Instead of beginning the pregame routine by hitting balls in a predictable nature beginning with the third baseman and moving around the infield, I hit balls anywhere, at any time. That technique is much more game like and keeps players on their toes. Those two mental aspects of fielding are crucial for success, being ready and wanting the ball, not just expecting it.
When players want something they have a greater chance of success and it builds confidence levels in them. Another item I will add to this infield practice routine is the number of outs and where the baserunners are located. In this way, players must mentally figure out their options before the play and their responsibilities depending on where the ball goes. This infield practice method helps players learn the game quicker than regular infield practice. The next thing I do is insist that players practice reading the bat angle at contact, so they get better jumps on the batted ball.
This baseball outfield communication drill will help increase communication with outfielders. This is a great catcher's drill that works on quick throwing mechanics to get the ball out of the glove and make a throw quickly and accurately. This drill focuses on fielding pop-fly's and will help develop and perfect the technique when fielding pop-fly's.
This accuracy throwing drill is designed to improve the catchers accuracy when throwing down a runner to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd base. This baseball throwing drill will focus on accuracy throwing during a rundown play. This drill can be altered to focus on throwing accuracy or baserunning. This baseball infield drill focuses on fielding short-hop ground balls and helps players learn to properly judge short-hoppers.
This baseball infield drill is great for working on footwork, body position, glove position, and head position when fielding ground balls in the infield. Great baseball warm up drill that focuses on infield fielding and gets players comfortable throwing to all bases. Two hands are better than one, so your other hand should be ready to trap the ball when it meets your glove.
Watch the ball into your glove. The number one rule in baseball, keep your eye on the ball, applies as much to fielding as it does to hitting. Make sure to watch the ball until it's safely nestled in your glove, and be ready to move if it does something unexpected. Trap it with your other hand. When the ball is in your glove, close your glove tight and immediately trap the ball with your opposite hand.
This puts you in the perfect position to throw the ball where it needs to go as quickly as possible. Transfer the ball to your throwing hand. When the ball is secure, immediately transfer it to your throwing hand.
If you used your throwing hand to trap the ball, you can simply grasp the ball using the right grip to quickly throw it. If you fielded the ball with your glove stretched to one side or if you caught it backhanded, bring your glove to your throwing hand and grab the ball. Without looking, practice quickly gripping the ball by the seams.
Developing this reflex means your throw will more likely be on-target and easy to catch. The ball transfer should be done deliberately and quickly.
There's still room for fumbling after you've successfully fielded the ball, so the transfer needs to be practiced just as much. Work on your ball transfer. Practice transferring your ball from your glove to your throwing hand. In the dugout when there's nothing to do, or anytime you have a ball handy, practice. Rise and move to adjust your footing. Now it's time to quickly get in position to throw the ball.
Rise up and step forward with your throwing foot, then with your non-throwing foot, then again with your throwing foot as you throw the ball. Doing these steps quickly results in a quick sequence that looks like skipping. It allows you to get your body in the right position to make an effective throw. Throw the ball in one fluid motion. After the flurry of fielding the ball, make sure you stay focused enough to make a good throw.
A wild throw will completely negate your good fielding efforts. Throw a solid line drive to the appropriate fielder to make a good play. You can also practice throwing from a crouched position, for times when you don't have enough time to rise and do a proper through. In other cases you may need to toss or flick the ball to another fielder. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.
Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. By using this service, some information may be shared with YouTube. Start with slowly hit or rolled balls so you can better your footwork and develop rhythm and timing. Then, gradually increase the pace. At each practice, work on every type of hit you could receive, and always make sure to transfer and throw the ball so that it becomes second nature.