WK's Coach's Tips
Tag Plays and Relay Throws
We'll start this season's Coach's Tips by
continuing from last season and focusing on infield defense. In
this session, we will outline key points to remember for tag
plays and relay throws.
- Let the ball travel in the air as long as
possible. Don't try to go out and "meet it".
- If the throw is on target, catch and apply
the tag straight down. Off target throws may allow for a
- Expose the back of the glove to the
- After the tag, bring the glove up and
"sell" to the umpire.
- Straddling the bag is fundamental. Use
quick feet to retrieve off throws.
- Move inside the runner for a possible
catch and tag.
- It is important to be able to judge when
to pick a low throw and tag and when to block the low
throw to prevent a runner from advancing.
- With runners on first and third, middle
infileders should open their shoulders to allow maximum
- Receive the ball facing the outfield with
- Be aware of the game situation. An
ill-timed relay throw results in a hitter taking an extra
- Keep your throws low in order to freeze
runners and allow the ball to be cut.
- The strength of the outfielder's arm will
determine your depth on a relay.
- Use quick footwork to position the
incoming throw for a quick ball transfer.
- Low throws from the outfield should be
allowed to bounce through to the trailing infielder. The
trailing infielder should also receive high throws.
That's it for this session. For the next
Coach's Tip, we'll look at some aspects of throwing for
Keep your head in the game!
Updated May 14, 1999