​Tips and Form

Sliding

First run full speed toward the bag. About 5 feet from the bag, curl one of your legs under the other to make a figure 4. Lean back, but not too far, and put one of your arms back. Leave the other arm in the air. Once you hit the base, either stay there until you are called safe, or do a pop up slide.

Heres a fun way to learn how to slide comfortably:

Slip 'n' Slide sliding

Throwing

First step with your glove hand foot, and bring your arm to a 90 degree angle behind your head. Bring your arm over the top of your shoulder and release at your chin. Lastly finish by bringing your arm across your body.

 

Batting

Begin with your legs about shoulder width apart. Bend both your legs slightly so they do not lock. If it is comfortable keep your weight on your back foot. First, start by taking a small step towards the pitcher with your front foot. Next, bring your elbows, slightly cocked, with your hips until your front arm is straight your hips are turned and your bat is over the plate and meets the ball. Lastly bend your front arm, and bring the bat around until it meets your shoulder that is facing the pitcher.

Inside

To hit inside keep both your elbows bent and bring your back elbow in with your side. Try to keep your swing level, but if it points down a little thats okay. After hitting finish and take off.

Outside

To hit outside you need to extend your arms out faster than in the strike box. Beware of sticking your butt out and bending to reach the ball. After hitting roll your wrists to bring your arms around and finish.


 

 

Catching

To catch the ball, position your glove in front of you. If the ball is above your waist, flip it up with the fingers pointing towards the sky, if it is below your waist, widen you stance, and get in front of the ball with your glove down with your fingers in the dirt.

 

Basic Plays

 

Here are some basic plays when your on the field.

1st base:

  • If the ball comes to you tag the bag. If there is another runner, and you feel confident in your throw, throw to another base to get a double-play.

2nd base:

  • If the ball is on the right side of the field( coming towards right field)

         Go 1st with a soft toss, or tag the runner going by

  • If the ball is on the left side

       You cover second base. If the ball is infield, you  stand on the corner of the base facing the pitcher. If the ball is outfield stand on        the corner facing the outfield.

  • If the ball is coming towards 1st you need to back them up.

Short stop:

  •  If the ball is on the right side of the field

        You are covering second

  •  If the ball is on the left side

    You are fielding the ball, going 1st, 2nd( if there is a runner), 3rd (if there is a runner) or home( only if you can beat the runner there)
  • If the ball is coming towards 3rd you need to either cover them or cover the base( usually on bunts)

Center Field:

  • If the ball comes to you, throw it to second. While the ball is in the infield, you are responsible for backing up throws to second

Left field:

  • If the ball comes to you, throw into second or Short stop (just to get the ball in), or if there is a runner toss to third.

*On a short hit the third and first basemen will have to crash on the ball. Second will cover first, centerfield will cover second, and short stop will cover third.

Short Field

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