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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.