Here's the issue I'm facing at the end of our season: I have a number of players on my team (HS JV) who are very skilled players. They can hit, field, throw, etc. but don't always know the game. Example: last night runners on 2 & 3, 3-0 count on the batter and ball 4 scoots past catcher. Player on 3 immediately breaks for home (not unusual at JV level) despite me yelling not to go. She gets in pickle and is tagged out. Runner on 2 was sitting there watching the pickle and broke for 3 after girl was tagged out. Throw to third got her by a mile. Instead of bases loaded and no outs, we have runner on 2nd and 2 outs thanks to the girl who walked advancing to 2nd while everything went down.
So now the question, how much time do you spend teaching the game vs teaching fundamentals? Are there ways to get kids to see the broader picture of the game before disaster and we have a teachable moment?