1WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL  BASEBALL PHILOSOPHYGuiding Principles
2        I – Defensive Principles  • On the MoundPitching  1. First pitch strikes  2. Change speeds  3. Utilize all pitche...
3  • In the FieldCatchers  1. Know game situation and your responsibilities  2. Confident, vocal and in charge of defense ...
4Cut-offs (all defensive players)  1. Know where the ball is going before it gets to you  2. Know the capabilities/limitat...
5      II – Offensive Principles  • In the DugoutPre-Hitting  1. Know what the pitcher is throwing  2. Determine the strik...
6  • On the Base PathsBase Running  1. Always know where the ball is  2. Foot on base when receiving coach’s signals  3. L...
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WHS Baseball Guiding Principles

  1. 1. 1WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL PHILOSOPHYGuiding Principles
  2. 2. 2 I – Defensive Principles • On the MoundPitching 1. First pitch strikes 2. Change speeds 3. Utilize all pitches 4. Remember fielding responsibilities 5. Work quicklyPickoffs 1. Don’t be afraid to throw over 2. Know catcher’s signal to throw over 3. Know when the first baseman is/is not covering
  3. 3. 3 • In the FieldCatchers 1. Know game situation and your responsibilities 2. Confident, vocal and in charge of defense 3. Make a call and live with it 4. Don’t be lazy: Drop and use body to block ball 5. Communicate pick-offs to pitcher 6. Quick to throw on stealsInfielders 1. Know game situation and your responsibilities 2. Momentum toward the plate as pitch is thrown 3. Know the pitch before it’s thrown 4. Defer to outfielders on fly ballsOutfielders 1. Know game situation and your responsibilities 2. First step back 3. Communicate: be vocal with outfielders and infielders 4. Left and right fielders always defer to centerfielder 5. Backing up on every play
  4. 4. 4Cut-offs (all defensive players) 1. Know where the ball is going before it gets to you 2. Know the capabilities/limitations of your teammates 3. Throw through the cut off man (not over his head) 4. Player covering base or catcher will: a. Yell “Cut!” followed by the number of the base to utilize a cut-off (“Cut 4!” for a cut-off to home) b. Say nothing if there is no need for a cut-off (throw is on line and in time) c. Yell “Hold!” if he wants the ball cut-off and run in to the infield
  5. 5. 5 II – Offensive Principles • In the DugoutPre-Hitting 1. Know what the pitcher is throwing 2. Determine the strike zone • In the Batter’s BoxHitting 1. Repeat: See the ball and be easy 2. Take a strike unless coach says otherwise 3. Identify pitch and track the ball to the catcher’s mitt 4. Quick to the ball 5. Smart with two strikes
  6. 6. 6 • On the Base PathsBase Running 1. Always know where the ball is 2. Foot on base when receiving coach’s signals 3. Lead = step and a dive 4. Freeze and assess on line drives 5. Locate base coaches when rounding basesBase Coaching 1. Know the strengths/weaknesses of opposing defense and our team 2. Know the situation 3. Know the capabilities of our players 4. Be confident, visible and loud

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