Baseball tips – setting into your ready position on each pitch

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Always assume a ready position when the pitch is about to be thrown. Setting up in the proper position prior to the pitch prepares you for any hit that may come your way, whether that hit is high, low, up or down.

Concentration is just one component of being ready. Others include how your feet are set, where you place your arms and hands, and the overall profile of your body. When working all in unison, you should get the most from your actions.

Your ready position should be a comfortable position.

Your ready position should start with you being comfortable – in a ready to spring manner. This entails having your weight on the balls of your feet and your knees slightly bent. Your weight should be forward while your upper body bent at the waist. Doing so should put you in a position to rush the ball if need be.

Place your hands in a relaxed position out in front of your body at approximately knee level, while squaring your upper body with home plate so that you’re directly facing any hit that comes your way. This will help you to better see the ball.

If prepared properly, once the ball is hit you should find that you have strong enough form to easy break on any ball in any direction, including either the direct or banana routes.

Use the pitch to give you a clue.

Always be ready to move in any direction toward the ball when the pitch is released. At the time of release, follow the ball with your eyes from the pitcher’s release point to the point of contact with the bat.

Baseball tips   setting into your ready position on each pitch

Anticipate the direction the ball may come off the bat. Doing so will help you gain a half-step. That half-step could easily mean the difference between reaching a batted ball and throwing a runner out or having that runner be safe.

There are some tricks to anticipating where a ball may be hit. When in your ready position, watch how the batter sets up in the box. If his lead foot is nearer to home plate than his back foot, there is a chance he is attempting to hit the ball the other way. If his front foot is farther away from home plate than his back foot, he may be attempting to pull the ball.

Another trick to give you an edge is to observe the pitch location. If you’re a middle infielder, you may get the opportunity to read the catcher’s signs to the pitcher, which can help your cause.

A low-and-away pitch to a right-handed bat should have you starting to lean to your left … as the pitch’s location is likely to force the hitter to hit the ball toward the opposite field. An inside-and-low pitch to a left-handed bat is likely to be pulled by the hitter, meaning you might be able to lean toward the hitter’s pull-side.

Essentially, an outside pitch makes it more likely the hitter will naturally hit the ball either up the middle or to the opposite field, while an inside pitch will make it likely the batter will hit the ball either up the middle or pull the ball. The lower the pitch, the stronger the possibility that the ball will be hit in the pitch’s natural direction.

Stay alert.

Always be ready and aware of where the ball is when playing the infield. All the action takes place around the baseball — keep your eyes on it! If you find your attention drifting to see who is in the stands, or what is happening on the adjacent field, you put yourself at a distinct disadvantage. Beware of losing focus.

Instead, get in your ready position and concentrate on what it is you’ll need to do next if the ball is hit to you, or to one of the other infielders. Where should you go if the ball is hit to one of the outfielders? What should I do with the ball if it’s hit to me? Ask yourself these questions so that you’ll be prepared because once the ball is put into play you’ll have little time to react.

You should be moving on every hit. Knowing where you should go, and what you should do, before the play even occurs will make it more likely you’ll execute the play properly. Baseballs can easily travel at speeds over 100 miles per hour and, as an infielder, you’re in the line of fire!

Prepare, watch, stay focused, and react.