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Monday, September 15, 2008

Tips on Coaching Pitchers To "BACK UP BASES"

We all know the importance of backing up bases. The pitcher's ability to field overthrows at 3rd and Home always determines if the overthrown ball will advance the runners an extra base.
When the ball is hit into the outfield, it is important for the pitcher to make the proper decision whether to backup 3rd or Home. To make this decision the pitcher must know where the throw is going by knowing the "outfield throwing rules".

In most situations with 2 or more runners on the ball is going to be thrown to 3rd to hold the runner at 2nd. Such a situation would be runners at 1B and 2B and the batter hits a double. The outfielder may throw to Home on hard hit ball right at them. This will be determined by where the outfielder's playing depth and the outfielder's arm strength.

Pitchers should always remember the 3 "RULES of BACKATIVITY":
1) Get as deep as you can. Know the field you are playing on. Get there fast!
2) Always be in a "Break Down" fielding position that allows you to move in any direction!
3) Be ready to "STOP THE BALL AT ALL COST!" Keep the ball in front of you! It should never reach the fence or go into the dugout!

Good luck til next time.
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