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One of the most overlooked and costly plays in youth baseball is the following:
This describes the ideal scenario, but playing the ball off the wall is often under-taught at the youth level. Outfield play is a vital part of youth baseball and it often separates the average teams from the good teams.
While as a high school and college coach, I worked with our outfielders on being efficient as possible with their movements in the outfield, particularly when playing a ball off the wall. Below, is the best way to play the ball off the wall in order to save your team runs!
Once the ball makes its way to the wall here are all the things that must happen before that runner on first runs 270-feet (90-foot bases):
Remember, all of that has to happen in 10-11.5 seconds (average time from the contact of the ball to tag at the plate in MLB on plays at the plate on 20 different relays from the 2018 season) which takes precision and efficiency from all players involved.