Coach Ro

I am coaching a T Ball team, ages 4 1/2 - 5 yrs. I have previously been told that infielders' ready position is with the tip of the glove down, specifically just touching the dirt. I have recently had some input indicating that is not correct, that the glove should be held higher, perhaps up by the knees.?? Is it a matter of personal preference or is there science behind the infielders' stance showing which is most effective? I'm currently teaching "get your glove dirty" to keep the ball from going thru their little legs. Thanks.

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by: Coach Dan

Coach Ro,

Thank you for your question. The most important thing about T-ball is teaching the basics. For me, the most basic thing is teaching the fielder to get her glove down. But if you are going to do that, make sure they bend at their knees. You do not want them to stoop over with stiff knees. They will only get sore backs, not a good look at the ball which could lead to other problems.

So here is a thought. I would suggest they start with the gloves on the ground and as the batter starts to swing, they start to move in towards home (charge the ball), while lifting their glove from the ground. If the ball is to them, they are to put the glove back on the ground. This will accomplish two things: First, it will teach them to have the glove on the ground and secondly, how to be aggressive and charge the ball, thereby allowing them play the ball versus the ball play them.

As they progress out of T-ball, they might want to be in the ready position with the glove off the ground (still moving towards home as the ball is pitched)as they will already have learned the "get the glove dirty" concept from you.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,

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