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Effective Fielding Mechanics

"THE PLANT - all players
"The Plant" moves the player from "Fielding the Ball" to "The Throw."
Hands - the instant the fielder catches the ball, both hands come chest high into the body.
THE PLANT - infield only
Feet - the fielder uses the body's forward motion from the "banana route" to carry the plant foot (the throwing side foot) into the glove. The player positions the plant foot directly below where the glove hand just fielded the ball.
THE PLANT - outfield only
Feet - especially with men on base, step forward with the glove side foot. Step again planting the throwing foot. Take a "crow hop" ( a short jump on the throwing foot) in preparation for the throw."

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"READY POSITIONS - all players
(The "Ready Position" moves the player from the "Starting Position" into "Fielding the Ball."
Feet - the fielder takes two small steps forward as the ball crosses the plate.
READY POSITION - infield only
Feet - the next move is toward the ball, beginning with a cross over step..
READY POSITION - outfield only
Feet - the next move is toward the ball, beginning with two cross over steps which brings the good players to full speed. To help keep sight of the ball, outfielders sprint to the ball on the balls of their feet."

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Effective Fielding Mechanics

In this 8 panel brochure, Softball Parents, Developmental League Coaches and Self-Coached Players discover how to develop muscle memory with these critical fielding mechanics ..

  • field ground balls,

  • throw accurately and with velocity,

  • position themselves properly,

  • hit the cut-off man,

  • effectively play rundowns

the way professional coaches teach their players. 

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