On short throws to the infield use one step and throw.
On medium to long throws use the crow hop for momentum.
An overhead throw is essential to create a good vertical spin.
Exaggerate your follow through by reaching for the grass after your throw.
Propel your glove arm through to behind your body for even more momentum.softball fielding tips for outfielders
Make straight-line throws. A ball that bounces twice on a straight line is better than a rainbow throw.
Catching Fly Balls:
Always catch with two hands.
The ideal position for catching a fly ball is above the head and slightly in front of the throwing shoulder.
The first movement of an outfielder should be a drop step back.
Locate the ball and determine the angle you should take.
When time permits, circle around the ball and take your momentum forward through the ball online with your target.
Use a direct line to the ball when you need to be quick.
Always keep your eyes on the ball.
Know your surroundings in the field you are playing.
Run on the balls of your feet using good running technique. Don’t extend your glove until the last moment.
Use your arms to sprint to the ball and then make the catch.
Fielding Ground Balls:
Always keep the ball in front of your body. Remember; you are the last line of defense.
Know the game situation. For example, if you do not have a play at the plate on a runner scoring, hold a possible force play.
Always block uncontrollable balls unless there is a do-or-die game situation. Dive for short pop fly’s in front of you.
Don’t dive for hard hit balls if there is no back up.
Communication is important when playing the outfield.
You are the last line of defense so make sure everyone and everything is covered.
Let your teammates know if you are playing deep/shallow or for the pull/opposite field.
Always call the ball if you can make the catch.
Have a good relaxed ready position to get a good jump on the ball.
Outfielders should step into every pitch. This will allow you to have your weight on the balls of your feet and ready to move in any given direction.
Be mentally prepared for every situation.
Before a player comes to the plate, review all of the possible options: Know where the batter likes to hit the ball
Know where you should throw the ball and where to be on backups.
Never be a spectator!
There is a place for you on every play!
Know the field and the weather conditions.
Before the game, take a look at the outfield and identify any hazards such as a rough and bumpy ground, sprinkler heads and water drains.
Check the wind direction, the angle of the sun and at night the lights on the field, it might have an effect on the ball.
Never be caught off guard when the ball takes a bad hop, skips on wet grass or gets caught in the sun.
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