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foot placement

Dec 10, 2015
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Chautauqua County
Hello all. I teach, especially on grounders, to field the ball with the left foot slightly forward (for RH throwers) so that the transfer occurs in time with the right foot plant and then the throw. Our TB coach seems to be teaching fielding with the right foot forward and then timing transfer with the left foot and throwing. I've tried it both ways and I'm still partial to Kobata but I'm always looking for other opinions.
 

pattar

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Jun 8, 2016
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Hello all. I teach, especially on grounders, to field the ball with the left foot slightly forward (for RH throwers) so that the transfer occurs in time with the right foot plant and then the throw. Our TB coach seems to be teaching fielding with the right foot forward and then timing transfer with the left foot and throwing. I've tried it both ways and I'm still partial to Kobata but I'm always looking for other opinions.
IMO you are teaching it correctly. Timing of it should be left foot should be dropping as you are fielding the ball.
 
Dec 10, 2015
533
28
Chautauqua County
I agree
IMO you are teaching it correctly. Timing of it should be left foot should be dropping as you are fielding the ball.
I think so, too. He's a good coach and we left HS ball to play on his team. And he's not rigid in his instruction, sort of like me. Your way is fine as long as it works to the benefit of the team.
 

pattar

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Jun 8, 2016
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I agree

I think so, too. He's a good coach and we left HS ball to play on his team. And he's not rigid in his instruction, sort of like me. Your way is fine as long as it works to the benefit of the team.
Having your right foot in front of you makes absolutely no sense to me..that is almost like having a right-handed shortstop play the ball like they are left-handed...
 
Dec 10, 2015
533
28
Chautauqua County
I know, right. But here's the thing. When working on the backhand, he had them extend with the right foot forward. But when they did actual fielding, he showed them with his left foot forward so I don't know if it's incremental steps (12U) or what. But, like I said, he's not rigid.
 

PJR

Oct 3, 2016
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Hello all. I teach, especially on grounders, to field the ball with the left foot slightly forward (for RH throwers) so that the transfer occurs in time with the right foot plant and then the throw. Our TB coach seems to be teaching fielding with the right foot forward and then timing transfer with the left foot and throwing. I've tried it both ways and I'm still partial to Kobata but I'm always looking for other opinions.
Left foot slightly forward on a standard ground ball(in front of) I could only see right foot if you are playing second base and setting for a throw to first(pivot hips are open no step). This could also be the case for SS pivot to second, pre-setting the Dropstep for the feed to 2nd on a force out.
 
Dec 10, 2015
533
28
Chautauqua County
yep, I can see that. but playing off the right foot puts the glove 2-3 feet back as opposed to the left foot scoop. and you're also interfering with the transfer. trust me, I've been bending over trying it both ways. :) DW just shakes her head. she gets her message across with either foot forward.
 

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