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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.