Basics of knowing what to do with the ball

by Steve Gelfius



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/12/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 166
ISBN : 9781477285091
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 166
ISBN : 9781477285084

About the Book

Have you ever watched young ball players field A baseball and then hesitate? One of the coaches yells “2nd”, a team mate yells “go home” and where ever the player throws, there is no positive result for his team. Those developing baseball players from the ages of six to twelve need to have more “smarts” about the game. “If the ball is hit to me - what do I do with it” is the most fundamental area of the game following physical skills. Developing this skill can make the difference between a mediocre and a good baseball player. It can give them the edge, it can mean being a starter or a sub, it’s the little things that make the big difference. This book gives infielders and outfielders the basic solutions to every base running situation. It gives situations that make them think to develop that instinctive sense of what to do with the ball. This book can be used in the field by coaches, in the backyard by dads, between players on the way to the game to build confidence. It is a basic tool for every player.

About the Author

I am a baseball enthusiast with a passion for the sport and an appreciation for the tradition of the great American pastime. I've played baseball from Little League through high school at many positions and learned the game from coaches, dad, books, and movies. Visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, PA. was very inspiring and instills the deep passion for a sport created in this great country and what it represents about our competitive values. In attending my grandsons' baseball games, it has always perplexed me as to why many youngsters are simply confused with what to do with the ball after fielding it. Many of the dad coaches try to instruct this as they go in game situations. The practice time is filled with how to field a grounder, how to catch a fly ball, how to run, how to throw, how to bat, all of which is definitely needed. But we must add the "smarts" to the game. Knowing what the player is going to do with the ball BEFORE it is hit makes for a fully developed player. I live in the medium size midwestern town of Columbus, Indiana. Although born and raised here, I've spent most of my sales career in Missouri, Michigan and Indiana. Recently moving back to my hometown to semi-retire has allowed me more time to attend yet more youth baseball games which this community has developed into several city and county leagues utilizing 27 ball fields. We are blessed with fine facilities hosting the 2011 USSSA World Series.