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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.