Monday, June 10, 2013

Playing Catch

Throwing a baseball is the first skill a player learns. But it's also where the trouble starts. Surprisingly, what causes most game-time errors is not poor fieldingit's poor throwing.

Defenses are better at fielding the ball than throwing the ball. This is probably because throwing is considered such a fundamental skill that most coaches take it for granted, placing a greater emphasis on fielding and hitting. No one seems to pay attention to throwing until a game is lost due to a throwing error.

To reduce throwing errors, coaches must do more than institute a throwing program with a series of drills. Accountability and accuracy must be made priorities.

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