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Thread: Outfield - Where to throw the ball

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    Quote Originally Posted by HornetsCoach View Post
    Well this is really bad baseball but what we do in our REC team is have the 6th grade shortstop race out to the outfield where the ball is hit to get a throw from the (generally) 5th grade outfielder. Even if its hit to right field. Actually especially if its hit to right field.

    At this point the 6th grade shortstop knows what to do because she is a 6th grade shortstop and she can do it because she has a good 6th grade short stop arm. Meanwhile all the other infielders are now covering their bases waiting for a play.

    I guess I could fib and say it teaches the outfielders where to throw the ball because now they watch where the 6th grade shortstop throws it, but actually it is just a an extremely expedient way of making a great play from the outfield in a REC league. I can't tell you how many kids we have thrown out at the plate since we invented this and gave up on trying to teach all the tennis players, soccer players and dancers on the team how to either be the cutoff girl or hit the cutoff girl.

    I am so ashamed.
    yep, been at places like that.
    the map isn't the territory

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvsoftball View Post
    yep, been at places like that.
    Good or bad, I always think of this as Amy's throw to Sally strategy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quincy View Post
    Good or bad, I always think of this as Amy's throw to Sally strategy.
    just planting seeds, right? and one day in the future, we see Amy and Sally execute the play to perfection. which is why we do the things we do for softball.
    the map isn't the territory

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    As first-year 12's, DD's team still plays the best arms at 3rd/SS/2nd. On ball hit to the outfield, the shortstop (best arm on the team) typically runs to the edge of the grass to take a throw from LF or CF while 2B covers the bag. On hits to RF, 2nd goes out for the throw while SS covers 2nd. Not quite what HornetsCoach describes, but similar.

    The player with the ball (SS or 2B), then turns and can make the call about whether to try and throw ahead of a runner or to jog the ball back to the infield and get it to the pitcher. Often, if there is a chance that a throw can be made on an advancing runner, it's the pitcher who calls out the base. Why not the catcher? Just because the pitcher is closer and easier for the cut to hear.

    So to answer the original question, have your middle infielders get into the habit of 'following' a ball that is hit over their head. They need to know that the throw is coming to them, and 2B needs to know that she's covering her base on a hit to LF or CF. Once the hitters are dropping bombs over OFs heads and the arms out there are good enough to hit a base from 100' feet away, this might not be necessary. But at 12U, it's pretty effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canyonjoe View Post
    First off there is a difference between a relay and a cutoff. A relay is used when a ball is hit back to the fence, usually the 2B or SS. You can never miss a relay high. As the relay person you need to catch or stop all throws or really bad things happen.

    Cutoffs on the other hand aren't the real targets. You are trying to throw to that base so that's the target. You merely want to keep it low enough so they can catch it about the shoulders.
    Ding Ding Ding. Itís as simple as that. Know where you are throwing before the pitch. Then throw to the base. Keeping the ball low.

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