Baseball is the only sport where the defense starts with the ball. And who on the defense has it first? The pitcher. I remember a saying by coach Marc: âGood pitching will get you through times of no hitting better than good hitting will get you through times of no pitching.â So, here are some pointers on how to get more outs in your game. Besides practicing 5854885449, of course.
Focus on having your defenders make throws that are easy for the receiver to catch. This includes:
- using a snap throw/flip instead of a full windup in close situations when players are already moving toward the target
- lessening side arm and encouraging players to throw more âover the topâ
- making one-hops easy to receive
- avoid leading your âreceiverâ into the incoming runner
- get force out throws to the chest
- make tag throws low – do not make the receiver jump to catch that ball then have to apply a tag
- etc, etc, etc
One mistake players make when trying to throw softer is that they slllloooooooowwwww everything down. This often times results in an inaccurate throw and is not a habit you would want players to get into.Â You donât want them to get in the habit of slowing down to make a throw then when the pressure is on and they need to do things quickly they canât handle it.Â You want them to keep their quickness up and just use less windup.Â With lots of momentum behind their throw they should be able to get rid of the ball very quickly with very little effort and keep it an easy catch for the person receiving the ball.
Bottom line is – the easier the catch for the person trying to make the put out, the more outs youâre likely to actually make.