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    Quote Originally Posted by jjr View Post
    She says too many variables for her missing the ball if it's bounced.
    I expect field conditions also have a lot to do with this. At the MLB level, I've seen multiple throws that actually bounced before 2B and still made it to the glove. Getting a predictable bounce off a perfectly manicured, cleatmark-free infield skin would seem a safer bet than getting one on an IF that's seeing a 3rd or 4th consecutive game since last being raked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattar View Post
    Improper teaching of MI (or infield in general) play is one of my biggest pet peeves since I played there my whole career. There are a lot of seemingly little things that make a big difference. Off the top of my head:

    a) Having kids play too far from the bag with a man on first yet expecting them to get there in time to properly receive a throw (from either the catcher or another infielder on DP situation)
    b) Teaching them to get in front of everything when a lot of times backhanding the ball is the better play. I don't know how many times I have see 10U SS try and get in front of a ball only to either have carom off their glove because their body is facing the the third base dugout or catch it but be in no position to throw as all of their momentum is towards the OF. Having a weak backhand is no excuse...work on it!!
    c) Telling them to throw overhand for every situation. MI in particular should play catch using different arm slots.
    OMG...SS playing deep with a runner on 1B drives me insane, and it happens all the time on DD's team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattar View Post
    Improper teaching of MI (or infield in general) play is one of my biggest pet peeves since I played there my whole career. There are a lot of seemingly little things that make a big difference. Off the top of my head:

    a) Having kids play too far from the bag with a man on first yet expecting them to get there in time to properly receive a throw (from either the catcher or another infielder on DP situation)
    b) Teaching them to get in front of everything when a lot of times backhanding the ball is the better play. I don't know how many times I have see 10U SS try and get in front of a ball only to either have carom off their glove because their body is facing the the third base dugout or catch it but be in no position to throw as all of their momentum is towards the OF. Having a weak backhand is no excuse...work on it!!
    c) Telling them to throw overhand for every situation. MI in particular should play catch using different arm slots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Westwind View Post
    Two thumbs up. All true.
    Another thing is footwork for 2B on DP. You aren't a 1B, don't put your right foot on the bag because you then need to go left foot right foot to throw vs right foot throw....

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    Interesting hypothetical discussion. I would love to see the MS catcher that could regularly get hit a 5 gallon bucket on the fly, a bounce, or even 2 bounces. I would just focus on getting the ball somewhere near the bag before the runner gets there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riseball View Post
    Interesting hypothetical discussion. I would love to see the MS catcher that could regularly get hit a 5 gallon bucket on the fly, a bounce, or even 2 bounces. I would just focus on getting the ball somewhere near the bag before the runner gets there.
    You make a valid point. That said, I tell players to "take dead aim" on their throws. Throw with the intent of hitting an exact spot, rather than an area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
    You make a valid point. That said, I tell players to "take dead aim" on their throws. Throw with the intent of hitting an exact spot, rather than an area.
    Aim small, miss small.

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    Whichever is faster assuming my SS is a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riseball View Post
    Interesting hypothetical discussion. I would love to see the MS catcher that could regularly get hit a 5 gallon bucket on the fly, a bounce, or even 2 bounces. I would just focus on getting the ball somewhere near the bag before the runner gets there.
    Yeah, that's why I said I teach my girls the target. I don't expect them to hit it every time, I expect them to try to hit it every time.

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