High School Coach

I only have two pitchers. Normally I would have the pitcher backup the catcher on a play at the plate. For safety precautions I would rather have another player back up the catcher. Who would you recommend? I'm thinking first baseman. Your thoughts. Thanks

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Back up Rotation
by: Dan


We have had the first baseman back up the catcher, particularly when we have the first baseman plating up to cut down on small ball.

If you do this, who would you have cover first to hold the runner? Would you rotate the right fielder in, assuming the ball went elsewhere or have the pitcher rotate to first? You don't want the batter who is now on first creating havoc by threatening to go to second.

Also, depending on how deep the home plate area is, if the pitcher is backing up the catcher, is injury a real threat? How many times will the pitcher be making the tag at the plate? And the pitcher will have to cover for a pass ball, which is when she will be in the "line of fire". Most teams are lucky to have one quality pitcher. If you have two, you are in a very good position.

A final thought: Since most fielders are reacting to training, you may run into an issue of confusion since they traditionally have been following a different process with their other teams (travel or recreation).

Best of luck with your season!

by: High School Coach

Thanks for answering my question. It was very helpful I will be using this site for answers to questions in the future.cacoon

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