First Base Tips (Port Dover Minor Baseball)

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Specific Skills for 1st Basemen

1. Holding Runners on 1st Base Is only applicable when there is a runner at first base only or at 1st and 3rd. When there are runners at 1st and 2nd base, or bases loaded, you will usually play behind the runner at 1st, but you will not hold the runner on at 1st.
2. Throws To 2nd Base There are two different positions you would be throwing from when making your feeds to second base. You are either holding the runner on 1st, or you are playing behind the runner (certain situations, or runner at 1st and 2nd, or bases loaded).
3. Footwork At 1st Base Proper footwork can make your navigation around the bag a lot easier. This will aid in where your feet should be on the base and how to set up your body on all throws from the infield.
4. Flips To 1st Base After a ground ball is hit your way and it’s a little too far for you to touch the bag yourself, you need to flip the ball to the pitcher. There are a couple different ways to complete this play. Underhand and overhand flips.
5. Knock The Ball Down 1st base is a position where you have a lot of time to make the play. When in doubt on any ground ball, use your body to keep the ball close to you, so you can gather yourself and finish the play.
6. Picking Balls In The Dirt This is a play that can instantly turn you into the most popular guy on the team when you can pick an errant throw out of the dirt. This takes skill and a lot of work, and the drills (link) for working on this is probably going to be your main practice. A couple first base tips to give you the best chance to dig any ball out of the dirt.

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Printed from on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 1:41 AM