I saw this article on a tweet today and thought it had some great info for our players to put into play.
It’s written by a hitting coach and associate scout for the Detroit Tigers and his observations while coaching an incoming high school class of players (not far from where our kids are). He talks about the biggest thing he noticed was the lack of game savvy these players had.
Here is a list of the things he noticed they didn’t do:
When you are on offense and the last out of the inning happens whether you were the last out or you were stranded on the bases, hand your helmet to the nearest base coach and head to your position. Don’t run all the way back into the dugout, look for your stuff and then head to your position. Just go to your position and have the nearest fielder bring you your hat/glove.
Which leads into my next tip… Make sure that the OF’s have all their hats/gloves together in a pile in the dugout and all the IF’s have their stuff in a pile so that when the inning ends your nearest fielder can pick you up without having to look all over for your stuff.
Which leads into my next tip…At the Varsity level we expect that as soon as the 3rd out happens that you are at your position in less than 15 seconds. Not spending 60 seconds looking for your stuff and then walking or jogging to your position. (Pitcher/Catcher are the exception)
Which leads into my next tip..When you are on defense and the 3rd out happens you have 11 seconds to get into the dugout. Which means you sprint.
When you are on deck and a foul ball is hit that stays in play near home plate you are responsible for getting that ball if it is on your side or straight behind the catcher. Then put that ball in your back pocket and HAND it to the umpire at the next dead ball.
Which leads into my next tip…Whenever you get a ball from foul territory whether you are on the bench or on the field at the next dead ball, run up and hand the umpire the ball. Don’t toss it to him, Don’t throw it to the catcher, Don’t roll it to him. Run the ball and hand it to him.
When your team scores a run, or a player executes a sac bunt or moving a runner over, everyone should get up in the dugout and pick up that player by giving him a high-five, fist pound, “thatta boy” or something. Regardless of the score. It shows that your focused in the game and also a great encouragement to your teammates.
Have your boys read this article and let’s see how much they remember/bring to the next game.
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