WK's Coach's Tips
Glove Action and Pre-Pitch Preparation
Let's continue with our focus on infield
defense. In the last tip, we talked about the glove and fielding
position. This time we'll discuss glove action, pre-pitch
movement and approach.
- The glove hand should be relaxed with the
palm directed inward and upward.
- To help extend the arms, use a slight
shoveling action from under the ball.
- Sometimes short hops require a strong
positive forward movement through the ball.
- Always use a TWO-handed approach. Do not
be careless with too much style.
- Strive to catch the descending hop or
- Every player needs to find and establish
movement for momentum as the ball enters the hitting
- As the ball enters the hitting zone, the
weight becomes distributed evenly on the balls of the
- Be mentally prepared for the ball to be
hit to either side of you and be prepared to react.
- Experiment with techniques which increase
your comfort and allow you to relax.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of
footwork. Our feet are most important in successful fielding.
They not only get us to the hop we want to catch which makes are
hands better, but they also get us in position to make strong
accurate throws. We judge ground balls with our eyes which relay
a message to our feet (speed up, slow down etc.).
Anticipation is key to instinct and judgement. NEVER be suprised
when the ball come your way. Anticipate the "game"
before it occurs.
That's it for now. In the next session, we'll
continue with infield development.
Keep your head in the game!
Updated September 7, 1998