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Video #1: Regular Backhands
This video covers infield fundamentals for regular grounders. Click the video to learn more.
Video #2: Advanced Backhands
For players wanting to learn how to play infield at the highest levels, this video is important. Here I explain a more advanced technique of "raking" the grounder on a backhand.
You may have picked up in the video that the backhand flip is commonly used with the second baseman when they are turning the double play, or at the very least trying to get the force out at second base. However, this could be used by other infielders as well in different situations.
It's a good idea to have all of your players learn how to use this infield throwing technique. You never know when they may need to use some type of variation of this toss. It's an infield fundamental skill that all fastpitch softball players need to learn.
The key to using this technique is that your players must practice making this toss at different distances.
The stronger the fielder, the farther away from the target they can be to use this method. Younger players will naturally have less “range” for making this type of toss.
But the only way they will figure out the “proper” range is to have them figure it out in practice.
To conclude, each infielder skill listed above is just one small part of the overall infield fundamentals “umbrella.” There are other aspects that also need to be learned, but this is a great starting point.
And teaching each of these fastpitch softball infielder skills properly will help your players be more consistent and efficient on game-day!
(By Tim Covey, Founder of Covey Sports)
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