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Pre-Pitch Routine

The pre-pitch is the position that the fielder is in when the ball is entering the "hitting zone." The pre-pitch gives the fielder the best opportunity to move into the fielding position seamlessly, as well as puts the player in the best possible athletic position before the ball is actually hit.

3 Types of Pre-Pitch Routines

1. Split

2. Hop

3. Sway

Pre-Pitch Routine Overview

Pre-Pitch Routine Overview

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3 ways for an infielder to set up in their Pre-pitch movement

1. Split – (Middle Infielders)

Steps:

  • Throwing hand foot takes small step forward even with belly button

  • Feet are split outside of should width apart landing in an athletic position

  • Remain balanced on the ball of your feet

  • Elbows remain by your side with palms facing in-ward

 

2. Hop – (Corner Infielders)

Steps:

  • Small step forward with throwing hand foot then proceed with glove hand foot outside shoulder width apart

  • Small hop is taken 1-2 inches off the ground landing in a comfortable position on the ball of feet

  • Remain balanced on the ball of your feet

  • Elbows remain by your side with palms facing in-ward

3. Sway – (Young Infielders)

Steps:

  • Delayed Start: proceed to begin pre-pitch movement when pitchers knee or motion reaches the apex

  • Small step with throwing hand foot then proceed with glove hand foot outside shoulder width apart

  • Glove hand foot lands on ground as ball enters "hitting zone"

  • Momentum is shifted between both feet while weight remains between your knees

  • Remain balanced on the ball of your feet

  • Elbows remain by your side with palms facing in-ward

Pre-pitch routine (Key Techniques)

Each player should start in relaxed up-right position prior each pitch being made. Once the pitcher begins his delivery and his knee reaches the peak – the player should begin the pre-pitch movement. Both feet should land on the ground in a comfortable, balanced, and athletic position when the ball crosses the "hitting zone." Feet should be slightly wider than hips with feet parallel. Feet, Hips, and Shoulders should be squared up to the plate