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THERE IS NO SECRET TO FIELDING, BUT IN ORDER TO BE GOOD, A PLAYER MUST FIND THE TIME TO PRACTICE.

INFIELDERS MUST WORK ON AGILITY AND QUICKNESS. OUTFIELDERS MUST BE ABLE TO CATCH THE BALL AND GET THE SNAP OFF BEFORE THE RUNNER GETS ANY EXTRA BASES. BE AGGRESSIVE IN YOUR PLAY AND MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. DO NOT WAIT FOR THE BALL TO COME TO YOU, BUT GO AND GET IT. SOMETIMES THE EASY HOP IS MADE BY THE FIELDER BEING AGGRESSIVE.

YOU WILL NEVER FIND ANYONE WHO AGREES ON THE PROPER WAY TO HIT. EACH PLAYER MUST FIND THE BEST WAY FOR THEM AND STAY WITH IT. A FEW POINTERS WHEN DETERMINING YOUR BEST HITTING PATTERN:

  1. GET A COMFORTABLE STANCE, FEET ABOUT SHOULDER WIDTH APART.
  2. GET A BAT YOU CAN HANDLE. GENERALLY, A THIN HANDLED BAT WILL BE QUICKER.
  3. HAND AND BAT POSITION VARIES, BUT SHOULD BE KEPT SIMPLE, NEAR THE BODY, ABOUT SHOULDER HEIGHT.
  4. KEEP YOUR STRIDE SHORT (4-6 INCHES) AND MOVING TOWARDS THE PITCHER.
  5. DO NOT PULL YOUR HEAD OR BODY OFF THE BALL. YOUR CHIN SHOULD ROTATE FROM FRONT SHOULDER TO BACK.
  6. MOVE YOUR HEAD DOWN, IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION WHILE HITTING. DO NOT TILT YOUR HEAD.
  7. BE QUICK AND ATTACK THE BALL.

THE THING THAT YOU HATE TO DO THE MOST IS THE THING YOU NEED TO DO THE MOST





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