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Friday, December 24, 2010

Quick Tips #53 - tag at third on foul ball

Runner on third – always tag up on a foul ball. If the fielder falls after catching it you can score. All runners on all bases should tag on every foul ball. If it's not caught, you have no where to go, if the fly is caught, you may be able to advance or draw a wild throw.

Quick Tips #52 - lead runner

Be aware of the lead runner’s ability – don’t overrun him.

Quick Tips #51 - always tag at third

Runner on third – always tag up on a deep fly ball – even if you think it is a home run always tag up.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Quick Tips #50 - catcher, no play at home

Catchers – upon realizing the runner going home will score easily move up on the plate to receive any throw that missed the cutoff man or went through.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Quick Tips #49 - opponents arm strength

Use the pre-game warm up determine the arm strength of the opposition’s outfield. It will help you decide when you can attempt to take an extra base.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Quick Tips #48 - fair or foul

Never depend on the opposition when trying to find out if the ball is foul. Their objectives are the opposite of yours.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Quick Tips #47- dead man tag

Base runners – be aware of the “dead man” tag – if not sure always run hard and slide. Watch and listen to the 3rd base coach, not the 3rd baseman.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Quick Tips #46 - stay level - mentally

Stay level mentally, avoid peaks and valleys – don’t get too emotional – keep your poise – never get too high or too low – baseball is a marathon and there is always another at bat, another pitch, another play and another game.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Quick Tips #45 - sac bunt

When given the sac bunt sign only bunt strikes.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Quick Tips #44 - all runners, line drive

All runners – with less than two outs – always freeze on a line drive until you can see it through.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Quick Tips #43 - runner at second base

Runner at second one out – on deep fly ball that will be caught only advance to third if you know you can make it safely – don’t make the third out at third base in this situation.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Quick Tips #42 - runner at second base

Runner at second – the speed and direction of the hit ball will determine whether or not you advance to 3rd (in situations where there is less than 2 outs and no runner behind you at first). Anything hard, in front of you, freeze. Any ground ball behind you, advance to third. Slow ground ball in front of you, advance to third base.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Quick Tips #41, two strikes on batter

With two outs and two strikes on the batter – the runner on base should concentrate on the hitter’s hands once the pitcher starts his delivery – read the hands of the hitter and break to the next bag when the hitter commits his swing.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Quick Tips #40

When on second base with less than two outs, on a fly ball that is not deep enough to advance, go half way

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Quick Tips #39

With a runner on first and second - if the catcher tries to pick off the runner at first, the runner at second should take off to third. It's a longer set of throws than pitcher to catcher to 2B so it should be an easy running play to make.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Quick Tips #38

Runner on third – Do not tag up on a fly ball on which you cannot normally tag up and score (i.e. a softly hit ball between the outfield and infield. If the ball is not caught or misplayed, you are several feet closer to home plate and may score.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Quick Tips #37

On a double play – the first priority is to get an out – the second out is considered a bonus. Whenever possible, try to get the lead out.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Quick Tips #36

With a runner on second – when the batter safely hits the ball to the outfield, the batter should run as hard as he can to first base and round the bag aggressively – if the outfielder misses the cutoff man the batter advances easily to second.

Quick Tips #35

The on-deck batter must always tell the runner trying to score if he should slide or not and where to slide, opposite of the throw/tag.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Quick Tip #34

When you hit a double with no outs or two outs, stop at 2nd, unless you can make the triple without question. Do not make the first or third out at third base.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Quick Tip #33

Avoid distractions – be a class act – don’t overreact to a bad call, don’t react to trash talk or heckling, avoid talking to friends or family during the game, don’t be pre-occupied with failure (this game is based on failure!), show little emotion – avoid kicking dirt, shaking your head, throwing helmets or bats, and any type of negative energy. It’s ok to be frustrated just don’t drag the rest of team into your frustration. Play hard, play with class.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Quick Tip #32

If you are caught in a run down attempt to make contact with a defensive player without the baseball within the baseline.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Quick Tip #31

Pitchers – with a runner on second base, with no outs and a possible sac bunt situation be sure to communicate with the third baseman in regards to bunt coverage.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Quick Tip #30

1st and 3rd situation – if the runner on 1st takes an early break – infielders should yell “step off” and the pitcher should either glance or fake a throw (if it is the pickle play) to third and then give the ball to the middle infield.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Quick Tip #29

Pitchers – work quickly and work ahead. This keeps your fielders in the game and attentive.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Quick Tip #28

The third baseman and first baseman should never carry on a conversation with the 1st and 3rd base coaches from the other team. Coaches attempt conversations in order for you to lose focus especially when plays are on. They may also suggest a different number of outs or a different count.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Quick Tip #27

When playing with a considerable lead – don’t be preoccupied with the base runners – get the hitters out.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Quick Tip #26

Pitchers – with a runner on first and less than two outs make sure you communicate with the middle infielders on who has the bag.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Quick Tip #25

When the opposition pops up the ball on a sac bunt attempt, get set to throw the ball behind the lead runner. He may have taken an extra bit on their leads and extended too far.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Quick Tip #24

Pitchers – on any ground ball hit to your left – get to the first base line and prepare to become the first baseman. This gives your firstbaseman extra range to his right, and get's you more outs.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Quick Tip #24

Catchers – with a ground ball hit to the pitcher’s left – yell at the pitcher to “get over there”.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Quick Tip #23

The runner at second should always have an idea of where the shortstop is playing and where the outfielders are positioned. The speed and direction of the ball determine whether the runner advances – if it is a slow roller the runner should always advance. With first base empty the base runner on 2nd should freeze at second when a batted ball is hit to the shortstop’s right. If the ball is hit to the left of the ss or to the second baseman the runner on second should advance to third. Runner at second – ALWAYS CHECK THE OUTFIELD POSITIONING AFTER EVERY PITCH TO DETERMINE HOW AGGRESSIVE YOU WILL BE ON A BASEHIT!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Quick Tip #22

When you hit ground ball in the infield be aware of the first baseman – if he starts toward you to catch the ball you should slide to the outside and make it difficult for him to tag you. This is the only time you should slide at first.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Quick Tip #21

With a runner on second with less than two outs – on a deep fly ball that may or may not be caught, come off the base twenty feet and read the outfielders actions. If he turns as if to catch the ball, return to the base and tag and advance on the catch. If the outfielder does not get under control or gives up to play the rebound, break for the plate you may score.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Quick Tip #21

First baseman do not need to hold the runner on first when there is a runner on second.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Quick Tip #20

When the runner at first base steals on the pitch and the batter pops up the ball to the outfield, the middle infield should act as if they are turning a double play. This may trick the runner into continuing to second base and when the ball is caught, you have a chance to double him off at first.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Quick Tip #19

Outfielders – don’t be spectators – cover a bag! Assume that every groundball is a ground ball hit to you, until proven otherwise by an infielder.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Quick Tip #18

If the opposition team shows a squeeze play too early the pitcher should try to throw the ball at the batter.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Quick Tip #17

Never be daring on the base paths when your team are down by 3 or more runs down.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Quick Tip #16

Your catcher should always be polite and courteous to the home plate umpire – this may “win” some calls. If the umpire gets hit with a foul ball call time and go talk to the pitcher to give the umpire a chance to collect himself – he will appreciate this.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Quick Tip #15

Pitchers – if a ball gets away from the catcher, give verbal and visual signs for the catcher as to where the ball is located – if the ball is near the catcher’s feet – yell “feet”. If the ball is behind the catcher, point to the ball and run towards it yelling "back". Do not call "left" or "right" as the catcher may be facing the opposite direction.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Quick Tip #14

Never depend on the scoreboard for how many are out, ask an umpire or your coach.

Quick Tip #13

Hustle, Hustle, Hustle – no matter the score or situation – you never know who is watching. Don’t walk or jog to your position – sprint to your position.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Quick Tip #12

Catchers – with no runners on base and a ground ball in the infield get down the first base line to cover. Get as deep as possible and in line with the throw.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Quick Tip #11

When you don’t have a play always fake a throw (but don’t rush your fake throw) and look back door. For example on a perfectly bunted ball the third baseman upon realizing they don’t have a play at first should fake a throw to first and look at another bag. A shortstop who has to make a play to his extreme right with a runner on second – upon realizing the batter who hit the ball will be safe at first, the shortstop should fake a throw to 1st and look to second.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Quick Tip #10

The batter must swing at the pitch regardless of where it is when the hit and run sign is given. Either you hit the ball, or the ball hits you.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Quick Tip #9

If we are going in to the last inning with a one run lead the 1st basemen and the 3rd basemen should take away possible doubles (make sure they can get to the line) and outfielders should prevent a possible double by playing a few steps back and make sure they are positive they will catch the ball before diving to catch a fly ball in front of them. Coaches will remind players by signaling “no doubles” (reminding outfielders to not let the ball get behind them.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Quick Tip #8

With runners on first and second base the sac bunt should always be bunted towards 3rd base.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Quick Tip #7

When attempting a sacrifice bunt the batter shouldn’t be too far back in the batter’s box. Make sure your bat is in fair territory when bunting. A few inches may make the difference between a well executed sac bunt in fair territory and a foul ball/strike.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Quick Tip #6

When taking a lead at second base with less than two outs and a runner on 1st base – the runner should take their lead on the baseline in a straight path towards third to make the force a tougher out. If there are two outs the runner should take their lead behind the baseline in order to make a good turn around third base.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Quick Tip #5

With 1st and 3rd bases occupied and less than 1 out, the runner on third should always break for the plate if the batter hits a ground ball – if a ground ball is hit to the pitcher get caught in a run down between 3rd and home for as long as you can in order to advance the runners. This avoids a double play and you will end up with at least one runner still in scoring position.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quick Tip #4

On fly balls that are softly hit between the infield and the outfield the infielder should go ahead and try to catch the fly ball until he hears the outfielder call him off – outfielders have priority.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Quick Tip #3

The base runner should never depend on the base coach when the batted ball is front of them – if the ball is behind them (example runner on first and ball hit to right field) – the runner on first will look to the 3rd base coach whether or not to advance to 3rd.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quick Tip #2

Runner on third – take your lead in foul territory and come back to the bag in fair territory, always with your eyes on the ball.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Quick Tip #1

In performing run down plays avoid doing several pump fakes with the ball. The defensive player that has the ball should try to keep the ball “inside the diamond” especially when there are other runners on base.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Severely Modified Scrimmage

The day before a tournament, the last thing you should do is try to cram all your baserunning drills and bunt defensive plays and pick off plays into a practice. These are things you build over the year. Instead, you want a team that is loose and relaxed and has fun playing the game of baseball. Use this Severely Modified Scrimmage to get game ready, infuse some competition, and have fun the day before a tournament.

1. Create two teams - players should play their regular fielding positions as much as possible. Mix up the starters with the second string players.
2. Coaches pitch, preferably behind an L-screen.
3. Start innings with one out and one runner on first (last out from last inning).
4. Each batter starts with 1 strike and 1 ball.
5. Opposing catcher is umpire.

Play 3 innings or so and let the players decide what the offensive and defensive plays should be. This get's their minds in the game as well.

After some fun competition, watch how eager the team is the next day for your first tournament game.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pitcher Stats Don't Show

I've had a couple of new users contact when their pitching stats are not showing up after adding a game. The cause of this is not setting the "game" to a value of 1 for the pitchers. The default setting is 0. Note: this opposite that of the default setting for batting stats.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hitting Instructions - My Favorite Expert

There are many people selling their baseball hitting instruction materials on the internet. Most of them know at least a bit about the topic. My favorite hitting instructor is Coach Joe Brockoff. Rather than waste your time telling you why I think he is my favorite, I have decided to post the links to his introductory videos below so you can see for yourself:

Baseball Hitting Video #1

Baseball Hitting Video #2

Baseball Hitting Video #3

Baseball Hitting Video #4

Baseball Hitting Video #5

I really enjoyed watching these hittting video and I hope you do as well.