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Why are softball pitchers instructed not to catch pop fly balls ? I understand why baseball pitchers don't , because of elevated mound and posssibility of injury . Just curious .

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Infield Protocol
by: Dan

Softball dad,

Thank you for your question. Different coaches have different thoughts about that. The coaches who tell their pitchers not to let the infielder handle the pop ups believe the infielders would have a better angle to catch the ball. In addition, since the pitcher was just in motion, having pitched the ball, they also feel that the infielders would be more adept at catching it since that is the only focus. Also, part of it could simply be a hang over from baseball as well.

I have also seen where coaches will have the pitcher catch anything that is in front of them, as a fly ball is easier caught going forward than backwards, and anything over the pitcher's head (meaning from where she landed at the completion of the pitch)should be left to the infielders.

Hope this helps,
Dan

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