Players Never Tell You
10, 2007 -- Issue 14
Fields for Better Play
It was a typical
senior league baseball practice.
The 15 and 16
year old players stretched and played catch. They took their
positions and went through some game situation drills. Then
they took batting practice and set up a few stations for batting drills.
This concluded with some baserunning.
Then the players
and the coaches huddled up and talked about the next game and where
they needed to improve.
Just before they
broke to head home, a coach asked them a question rarely asked of
players, "How was the field to play on?"
It was silent
for a moment. Was this a dumb question? Or what?
was a flood of responses:
aren't they? A few good comments, but mostly criticism.
Can this be corrected? Sure. And it starts by knowing what the
players need in a field. It's pretty simple - they need true
and consistent bounces. And they need good footing as a fielder
and as a runner.
This site has
solutions to all of these problem areas. Dig through and find tips
and hints as well as common problems to avoid.
You and your players
will be much happier and have a better baseball experience.
Yours for better
play more often,
Publisher, Editor, & Groundskeeper
Baseball Field Renovation Guide
Involve your players
in identifying field problems and solving them. They get a sense
of ownership when they work to fix the field they play on. Check
out the project gallery for examples.