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Click here for terms of use. D E F F E N S I V E S T R AT E G Y League to the big leagues. Unfortunately, they are neglected at every level. They are very logical, easy to understand, and simple to execute. It is important that you coach to the level and age of your team; patience is vital. With that in mind, the results will make for a sound defensive baseball team. Every possible defensive play situation that could develop is accounted for in the following pages. Each player has a basic assignment, and each player’s movements will become automatic.

There is no need for your base coaches to get involved in sign giving. You shouldn’t have to worry about the other team stealing your signs. Most situations are obvious to both sides—the need for a sacrifice bunt or a steal and/or the taking of a pitch. Execution is the key, for both offense and defense. How Signs Are Given You can give signs clearly to your players and still keep them simple. For example, your right hand to your nose might be a steal; right hand to your belt could be a hit-and-run; right 39 Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

How well they do their jobs can determine success or failure. The first-base coach reminds more than directs. The batter, properly running to first with his head up, should be able to determine what to do when a ball is hit through to the outfield. Occasionally, when a ground ball goes through 33 O F F E N S I V E S T R AT E G Y an infielder, the first-base coach must vigorously direct the batter to make a turn at first base. The bulk of the base-coaching responsibility lies with the third-base coach.

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