- This is toughest play for an infielder.
- If possible, and this depends on the reaction time and athleticism of the infielder as well as how hard the ball is hit, create a short semi-circle approach toward fielding the ball so you’re moving toward first base when you field the ball.
- Never stop moving your feet.
- Keep your nose down to the ball.
- Work on this daily. It’s a great play for kids to make, and a huge confidence builder.
- Remember, this is the hardest play for infielders. They feel the most vulnerable to getting hit, and they’re moving away from their throwing target — it’s just plain hard! So have patience. A LOT of patience. … Did we mention you need to be patient?
- Work the progression from phantom work to full-distance fungoes, and allow the progress of the infielder(s) to dictate where you hit the ball.
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