How to Become a Fielding Pro

Josh Gernatt
January 12, 2023
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Every baseball player dreams of making highlight-reel plays on the field. But, to become a fielding pro, it takes more than just natural talent. Your head and your heart have to be in it – and this is what leads to dedication, practice, and mastering the fundamental skills. 

Whether you're a young player looking to improve your game, a parent seeking guidance for your child, or a baseball coach looking to enhance your team's performance, read on to get valuable insights on the key fundamentals of fielding

Key Fielding Fundamentals for Players

1. Develop Proper Footwork

Footwork is the foundation of any good fielder. It allows you to move quickly and efficiently, getting to the ball faster and making more accurate throws. To develop proper footwork, practice shuffling your feet in a controlled manner, staying on the balls of your feet, and keeping your knees bent. This will help you maintain balance and agility while fielding ground balls and fly balls.

2. Master the Ready Position

The ready position is crucial for fielding success. Not every pitch will get a hit that comes your direction on the field, but you still have to practice and get in the automatic habit of being ready – every single pitch. Mastering the ready position allows you to react quickly to the ball and make plays with far more consistency. To assume the ready position, bend your knees and keep your weight on the balls of your feet. Your glove should be open and ready to receive the ball, with your throwing hand above the glove. 

Keep your eyes focused on the batter or pitcher, and anticipate the ball coming toward you. Regularly practicing the ready position will help you become more comfortable and confident in the field.

3. Practice Proper Throwing Mechanics

Even if you can field the ball with precision and consistency, you still need to make the throw. A strong and accurate throw is a vital skill for any fielder. To improve your throwing mechanics, work on your grip, arm action, and follow-through. Hold the ball with your fingers across the seams, allowing for better control and spin. Keep your elbow above your shoulder during the throwing motion, and follow through with your entire body, not just your arm. 

Practice and repetition – especially when combined with some of our video trainings – is the only path to perfecting your throwing mechanics.

4. Learn to Communicate Effectively with Teammates

A strong defensive team knows the plan and knows how to communicate on the field. Knowing when to call for a ball, when to let a teammate take it, and how to relay information during plays can prevent errors and improve overall team performance. Practice communicating with your teammates during games and scrimmages, and don't be afraid to be vocal on the field. A strong, cohesive defense is built on trust and communication.

5. Embrace the Mental Aspect of Fielding

Fielding is not just about physical skills; it also requires mental toughness and focus. Learn to shake off errors and stay positive, even when things aren't going your way. Develop a pre-pitch routine to help you stay focused and present in the moment. Visualization techniques can also be beneficial, allowing you to mentally rehearse making great plays before they happen.

6. Attend a Baseball Academy or Training Camp

One of the best ways to improve your fielding skills is through professional instruction and practice. Attending a baseball academy or training camp can provide you with access to experienced coaches, cutting-edge training techniques, and the opportunity to practice with other talented players. 

Standout also offers on-demand training through our online video library for far less than your average personal baseball trainer. Check out what it has to offer here. These programs can help you refine your skills, learn new techniques, and gain valuable experience in the field.

The Journey to Fielding Excellence

Becoming a fielding pro takes time, dedication, and a commitment to mastering the fundamental skills. From developing proper footwork and mastering the ready position to embracing the mental aspect of fielding and seeking professional instruction, there are many ways to enhance your fielding abilities. Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep working hard and never give up on your dreams of becoming a top-notch fielder.

Looking for ways to improve your baseball skills and connect with your community? Look no further than Standout Baseball! Our online baseball training private lessons offer engaging content designed to unite youth baseball players, parents, coaches, and leagues no matter where they are. 

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, our program can help you take your game to the next level. Don't miss out on this opportunity to improve your skills and become a standout player. Sign up today and start training like a pro!

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Josh Gernatt
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