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Rule #20

Some do, but most plays don’t require a second throw to get an out.

Good communication, a good understanding of the situation and a strong arm often will get you where you need to go.

However, planning and practicing for all possibilities is the work of a great player and team.

And more importantly, that strong play won’t be perfect every time and you’ll be glad that relay player was at the ready.

Expect the best, plan for the worst. Or something like that.

Rule #16

Make believe can be fun and productive. Imagine yourself in a future situation and work out a way to make it great. Plan future relationships, make future plays.

Just because 100% of the pieces aren’t the way they would be in a game, the game itself is still being played.

Make your preparation as real as you can and see how the impact holds.

Local Rule #14

Every culture has one or more languages. Food is often one of them.

On our team we value eating well and healthy on balance. It’s like practicing the game fundamentals.

We also believe in testing. Figuring out what each person’s body needs, in quantity, timing and content, is an important part of nutritional knowledge.

That’s movement screening and positional work.

And then sometimes you work on your bat tricks, behind the back tosses and home run trots.

Have the Nutella, just don’t share spoons.

Rule #12

Rule #12 is an example of the “no kidding” kind of rule.

What if you made this “no kidding” rule, and others, a regular part of pre-pitch communication for outfielders, starting at a young age?

It’s not usually the highlight plays that make a difference. Make the routine plays easier with good talk and targeted practice along with enough live balls to make impactful experience.