As a pitcher, you must be able to throw the ball fast and accurately. You are the most important player on the team. Here are some tips on how to pitch.
· Grip the ball on the wide seams.
· Step toward the batter and push off the mound.
· Throw overhead with a downward snap of the wrist.
· Follow through with the fingers almost touching the ground.
· Keep your eyes on the catcher’s glove at all times.
· After the pitch be ready to field the ball.
· Warm up about 15 minutes before pitching a game or before an important practice session.
· For practice in control, try the “simulated strike zone” idea. Drive two poles into the ground, or use two standards about 8 feet apart. Tie heavy cord to the posts to form a strike zone-a rectangle as wide as home plate and as high as the distance between the batter’s knees and armpits. Use a catcher and a home plate, and practice pitching into this zone.
A catcher should be a good leader and have a strong arm.
· Always wear proper equipment while catching.
· Take a position directly behind home plate, near enough to touch the batter with your glove.
· Crouch down, with feet apart for comport.
· Hold your glove facing the pitcher, and keep your bare hand behind the glove.
· Don’t turn your head when balls are thrown in the dirt or fouled off.
· Always throw overhand.
· Encourage your pitcher and team members.
· Catch all fly balls between home and first base, fair or fouled.
· Try to block all balls thrown in the dirt.
3. FIRST BASEMAN
You must be the best in catching all types of throws. Height is an advantage.
· The foot opposite your glove hand should touch the base as you stretch to catch a ball.
· Always stretch to catch the ball.
4. SECOND BASEMAN
· Be ready to cover second base on steals.
· Cover first base when the ball is bunted by the batter.
· Back up or cover first base when balls are hit to the first baseman.
· Catch all fly balls behind the first baseman.
5. THIRD BASEMAN
· Try to develop a good arm and a fast response.
· Block all hard-hit balls. Take your time and make good overhand throws.
· You must be alert for a bunt or slow-hit ball. Charge it, Grab it, and then throw. Do not throw while moving.
· Catch all fly balls between home and third base, fair or foul.
· Be sure third base is covered when the ball is hit elsewhere.
· Be the leader of the infield and help wherever you can.
· Call out who is to catch fly balls.
· Cover second base when the ball is hit to first baseman. Second baseman, or right fielder, and when someone tries to steal a base.
· You should back up or cover third base when balls are hit to the third baseman.
· Catch fly balls behind third baseman.
7. CENTER FIELDER
· You mush be fast and a sure fielder of fly balls.
· Be the leader of the outfield. Keep others on their toes and help them on their plays.
· Try to catch all balls hit in your direction.
· Charge ( run in quickly ) to field ground balls.
· Throw the ball as soon as you can, never hold onto it.
8 & 9. OUTFIELDERS-RIGHT AND LEFT
For these positions you should be a good hitter and an adequate fielder with a good hitter and an adequate fielder with a good arm.
· Try to catch every' ball in the air. Anybody can catch a ball on a bounce.)
· Charge all ground balls.
· Get rid of the ball as soon as you can.
· Back up all bases in case of wild throws.