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Rick Johnston | Oct 10, 2014 6:00:00 AM

The BIG 5 Areas That High School Infielders Must Work On

The headline may seem simple enough. At the same time it may appear as these are the only areas of defense one should focus on. Well, I really wish it was this simple. Unfortunately playing the infield is more than just five areas,. However, the five areas that I will talk about are really the five main problem areas that the average High School infielder can get away with today, but will cost them dearly at the College level. 

Infielders that make the following five areas an absolute priority in their overall development will find the transition to the next level of defense that much easier.

  1. Playing too deep...

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Topics: infielding, infielding tips, infielding errors, infield play, college baseball, high school baseball, short hops, ground ball pursuit, fielding hops, bad hops

Rick Johnston | Jun 5, 2014 9:59:31 AM

Ground Ball Pursuit...Just How Fast Should An Infielder Move?

Good infielders usually spend an inordinate amount of time working on the fundamentals of how to field a ground ball as far as their physical mechanics, footwork, glove action and making the throw. However, what is often left out is the need to work on developing the feel for how an infielder really needs to approach a ground ball. In other words, just how fast or slow should an infielder approach a ground ball. This is one of the biggest fundamental areas that often gets left out or falls by the way side when working the art of fielding ground balls

Anytime a ground ball is hit, it is generally imperative each infielder moves toward the ball at a controlled rate of speed. This type of movement or momentum achieved by the infielder helps to cut down distance of the play and also assists in the elimination of fielding balls on the bad or middle hop. The middle hop is the tweener, the hop that must be avoided at all costs. The best infielders in the game always seem to get the good hop, they have the uncanny or instinctive ability (or seemingly so - the truth is it is developed via 1000's of reps) to flow with the hop and actually find a way to control the speed of the ball with their movement and make the play seem effortless.

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Topics: infielding, infielding tips, fielding instruction, fielding skills, infielding errors, fielding drills, infielding drills, infield play, short hops, ground ball pursuit, fielding hops, bad hops

Ryan Armstrong | May 9, 2013 7:51:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Short Hops"

This week's Baseball Drill of the Week is "Short Hops".

Who: Especially useful for middle infielders but can be done by all infielders.

Short Hops is a drill used to get infielders comfortable with receiving the ball on the short hop. Most fielders tend to want to get a long hop vs. a short hop as it is typically easier to catch. As the game progresses time may dictate that the long hop may not be available, and to record an out it may be necessary to take the ball on the short hop. So infielders need to get themselves more comfortable with being aggressive to get the short hop or they will simply run out of time to make the throw and subsequently extend the inning.

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Topics: infielding, infielding tips, baseball drills, fielding instruction, fielding drills, infielding drills, short hops

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