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.
Some are, for sure.
However, below the highest level of play in softball you’ll find many LHB who are fast, but not fast-fast.
Keep your head, keep your feet and make the play. The pressure of speed can work even if the speed is not exceptional…if you let it rattle you.
In some cases the ends matter more than the means.
Once you’re on base, it doesn’t matter how you got there. The game now cares about your next move, or your next opportunity.
So don’t lament the little squib hit just out of the second baseman’s reach, celebrate the 60′ and figure out how to score a run.
This is a local rule. However the concept applies to anywhere.
Simply because something won’t hurt or someone isn’t doing something “wrong”, doesn’t mean we should continue doing it that way.
You likely won’t even know a snake is in the storage shed, but…
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.
This simple rule seems to speak for itself.
If you know who you mean or intend to say, or the action or emotion you’re having, and it’s non-controversial, saying it is easy.
Often times our intentions are not clear, and our talk might me misleading or confusing. Clarify with yourself first.
This rule requires us to know what we mean, often the more challenging part of the equation.
John Wooden is behind so many of the concepts that keep coaches going and keep us up at night working to Be Like Coach.
Prepare and be decisive.
I used to say that there was no book. Now, I believe there is but it’s not what we thought. One can’t read it over and over and memorize each chapter.
When coaches talk about “the book,” as in doing things by the book, or the book saying where the ball should go on a play, they mean that there’s an answer. There is a right way in every situation.
Nope. No answer that applies in all cases. Many things happen in patterns but there is no set of moves on the field that are true or “right” in all cases.
The game will incorporate the talent, luck, karma, skill, desire and momentum in the arena and help decide the outcome in the end regardless of what was written in the introduction.
Make no assumptions. Love and play hard.
Catch the ball.
Make the play.
Practice the coverages, the priorities, the angles, the who-has-the-best-option situations.
Tabout it before and after, but not when the ball is on its way.
Simple. Not easy.
The one you see all the way, square up and crush. The crowd oohs and ahhs…and you don’t even leave the box.
Sure, you watch it. Here’s to no one getting hurt or breaking a car window.
You feel good because it felt solid, but it likely wasn’t a strike anyway…
There’s no shame, but it’s not as good as it feels.
Results, not reasons.