Some of the most exciting players in baseball history have been infielders. It takes a quick glove, quick feet and quick reflexes to guard the corners, nab a runner at first or twist a double play. A well-fielded grounder or 6-4-3 double play can be poetry in motion. However, this level of fluidity doesn’t come without plenty of training, instruction and practice.
Consider our infielding center your source of free infield lessons. We’re always adding and updating our resources, so be sure to check back often and stay on top of your game – and your fundamentals.
Before you can make plays like Ozzie Smith (or Derek Jeter, for you younger players), you need to learn the basics first. Proper mechanics are essential to making sure you’re a vacuum in the infield and make accurate, quick throws to the bag.
Throw the ball, hit the ball, catch the ball – the basics are relatively straightforward, so make sure you get them right. From pop ups to advanced glove side divers, increase your range and reduce errors. You may not always make ESPN’s Top 10 plays, but your pitcher and your team will thank you.
Unless you’re Scotty Smalls in The Sandlot, the ball won’t always land right in your glove – you’ll need to develop some range. Learn how to field a back hand grounder and snap a throw to 1st with ease.
You can’t talk about infield mechanics without a solid discussion on how to field a grounder properly – especially when that grounder is to your glove side. Skip the pricey infield lessons and learn the fundamentals for free here at Strike.
How did Jimmy Rollins or Jose Reyes make that amazing circus act of a play? They practiced. How? They ran drills – lots of them through the years. Infield drills develop muscle memory and muscle memory develops plays that appear to be effortless.
A slow roller has all the dynamics of an exciting play – but it can’t happen without the right footwork, a steady glove and a lightning fast transfer. With infield lessons from Strike you can be prepared to snuff out these pesky slow rollers and bunts. Okay, you’ll look pretty good doing it, too.
Be prepared to get that ball out of your glove and into throwing position quicker and nab more runners with these infielding tips from Strike. We’ll show you how and point you towards the infield drills you need to develop a quick release.
Ever hear the tip to ask yourself what you should do if the ball is hit to you, before every pitch? Well if you haven’t, consider that infield lesson number one. It gets a little more complicated than that, though. What if the ball is hit to me, but it’s a line drive? A slow roller? A pop up? How about a grounder deep to my right? The answer varies – step inside the Strike classroom and learn how to be prepared for anything hit your way.