In the mid-1970s in Brisbane, a Tee Ball League in accordance with the American Little League concept was established. Most on the parents, children involved had not witnessed the game, much less played the overall game. So the few officials who knew the action had to devise advice to present the new coaches to find the league began a positive note.
Since each of the players, initially, were new to the action, the coach necessary to spend time teaching each player where you can stand and normally where they might throw the ball whenever they fielded or caught the ball. Below could be the advice that’s given to new coaches.
- Basemen need to be taught being fielders first, basemen second. Each baseman should field 2-3 metres in the base and slightly behind the cloths line between the bases. The second baseman should field for the first base side of second base. The short stop fields about the opposite side of second base half way involving the base and also the third baseman.
- If a baseman doesn’t field the ball, he/she must relocate to the base wanting to receive the thrown ball putting his/her foot about the inside corner of the beds base on a forced play, giving the runner room to step for the base.
- The baseman ought to be taught to lean towards ball because it comes to discover the ball early. As well, if it’s a wild or bad throw, he/she must leave the camp to stop the ball no matter what. A common issue is that the baseman leaves his/her foot for the base and efforts to lean sideways to obtain the ball then overbalances missing the ball altogether.
- On a non-forced play, the place that the runner has to be tagged, the baseman puts himself/herself involving the base plus the runner, moves towards runner and tags together with the glove hand (holding the ball) as small as possible before the runner can reach the camp.
- The catcher must stand it the opposite batting box on the batter. The catcher must watch the ball as well as the bat closely and be wanting to field a poorly hit ball that falls near them.
- Outfielders spread themselves evenly along the field.
- Finally, it’s important for the coach to:
a. Show the players where you can stand when fielding;
b. Explain where you should throw the ball if they field or catch it;
c. Discourage the outfielders from creeping, which is moving in towards infoeld; and
d. Encourage the fielders to run on the ball or chase after it quickly.
In the 1970s, our author was one founders of your Tee Ball League where he needed to introduce Tee Ball to many people newcomers. This article summarises coaching guidance on fielding positions directed at newcomers. He published a magazine, “Coaching Tee Ball inside a New Environment” with coaching advice suitable for people with no experience.