Just curious as to what is the best footwork for 2nd baseman when they are the trying to make a throw to the ss at 2nd base. This would be when a overhabd throw is required.
Thinking it is the same footwork for 1st baseman when turning a double play at 2nd base.
Thanks for any feedback..
Depends on how and where the ball is fielded. Footwork and throw for a hopper would be different than a straight grounder. No matter how fielded, 2B should stay on plane from fielding the ball to throwing.
As previously mentioned, there are many options. Right handed or left handed thrower? Where is the ball hit, in relation to where the fielder started? How fast did the fielder gain possession of the ball? In which direction was the fielder moving when they gained possesion of the ball? In front of the baseline or behind? How strong is the fielder's arm?
We generally teach second baseman 4 potential techiques for right handers. For balls hit nearly straight to them, the throw would be replacement footwork. Ball hit to the right of them, drop the glove side knee. Ball hit to the right and carrying them towards second would be an underhand toss. Ball hit to their left would be a spin technique to make a throw to second.
Adding in all of the variables above means these could be used in very different situations from one player to the next. That is why repetition is so important, but also moving your fielders around to all of the possible places you may play them in a game. Pull hitters, double play depth, what have you. Those also determine which technique should be used.
For which knee that should be on the ground, it depends on the direction you are throwing. If I am throwing to my left, my right knee would go to the ground. Throwing to my right, my left knee would go to the ground.
Last edited by CoachChuck; 01-31-2013 at 01:19 PM.
If you have to throw overhand, here are my recommendations:
If arm strength or distance deems appropriate then
1) no footwork, and simply turn upper body to face SS and make throw
2) drop glove knee, same throw as #1. Throwing arm knee would make her out-of-sync.
If she needs a little extra on the ball, particularly if hit glove-side
1) jump turn clockwise (inward to the infield)
2) jump turn counter-clockwise (toward the outfield). Should only be used if ball pulls you toward outfield