Fielding Tactics for Players New to Tee Ball

With players new to the game, the coach must ensure that he/she begins with a simple game plan and develops it in stages. Below is what was suggested to new coaches to Tee Ball as the stages to develop as the players mature in the game. Stage 1: 1. All infield fielded balls are thrown […]

Fielding Tactics for Players New to Tee Ball

With players new to the game, the coach must ensure that he/she begins with a simple game plan and develops it in stages. Below is what was suggested to new coaches to Tee Ball as the stages to develop as the players mature in the game.
Stage 1:
1. All infield fielded balls are thrown to first base (if there is a chance of getting the runner out). Otherwise, the fielder raises the ball above the head to prevent further running.
2. If the ball is not fielded cleanly in the infield, the fielder raises the ball above the head to stop further running.
3. No early attempts should be made to get a runner out at home base.
4. Balls in the outfield are thrown to the nearest infielder who raises the ball above the head inside the diamond to prevent further running.
5. In an attempt to get the runner out, the ball should only be thrown once and then held up. Discourage players from chasing the runner around the diamond and/or throwing the ball after the runner.
Stage 2:
Teach the players about forced plays. Explain that, in a forced play, the baseman needs only to catch the ball and touch the base with the foot to get the runner out. Then, demonstrate to the players on the diamond, when a forced play is on. (This is good coaching both for when players are fielding and being a runner).
Stage 3:
Next double and triple plays should be explained and practised. Also, explain that a double and triple play is possible after a catch is taken.
Once the catch is taken, explain where to throw the ball to get the extra out.
Stage 4:
Teach your players when they need to tag the runner at the base or running past them in the diamond as they field the ball.
In all situations, encourage the fielder to know where they will throw the ball before they field it.
Encourage them to throw the ball for the easiest out e.g. the nearest base or first base if there are two outs.
With outfield hits, teach your infielders to run towards the outfielder to shorten the outfielder’s throw. This allows the infielder to get the next throw quickly into the infield to stop the play or get an out.

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