Bunt coverage for catchers

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Dec 11, 2010
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I think what is key to what is being said here is attitude- the catcher needs to have the attitude that it’s her ball and she should get it up until the point that it’s someone else’s ball. If you assign a geography of who’s ball it is, players give up on it because “it is someone else’s ball” if that makes sense. Runners win when defensive players don’t take charge of balls they can get.

To me, the important part is to have a hierarchy of responsibility… ”hey we want third basemen to field bunts but if she can’t get to it we want the catcher to field it if she can” etc

But for that to work the communication has to work. Call offs have to work. There has to be enough practice for trust to develop.
 

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Most teams across ages and skill ranges don’t have a third baseman that is truly fearless to be able to play up the line *and* have the foot speed and quick transfer to get speedsters out.

Thats some elite stuff imho.
 
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Everyone should try to field it until called off. hierarchy for calling others off is 3B (easiest transition to throw assuming all RH throwers), C, P, 1B (worst transition to throw, regardless of throwing hand, basically fielding with back to the base). this is assuming you are going for batter-runner going to 1B. if trying to get a lazy/slow runner going to 3rd (ie BE assuming defense is going 1), then catcher probably has best throw. but they all need to charge at the ball until called off.
 

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Everyone should try to field it until called off.






hierarchy for calling others off is 3B (easiest transition to throw assuming all RH throwers), C, P, 1B (worst transition to throw, regardless of throwing hand, basically fielding with back to the base). this is assuming you are going for batter-runner going to 1B. if trying to get a lazy/slow runner going to 3rd (ie BE assuming defense is going 1), then catcher probably has best throw. but they all need to charge at the ball until called off.
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