Catcher: Cover home plate. Pitcher: Back up the catcher at home plate. First baseman: Take the cut-off position near the mound for a throw to home plate. Second baseman: Cover second base.
Who backs up the catcher in baseball?
The lefty squares the ball up, slightly out front and hooks the ball into the 4-hole between the first and second baseman. The pitcher heads towards first while the first and second basemen make a play for the ball. The first baseman has the initial chance at it and dives for the ball to his back-hand.
Who backs home plate?
Unlike 90′ baseball, the pitcher does not back up home plate. In most cases, there is not enough room behind home plate for the pitcher to get enough depth to properly back-up an over throw. If we send the pitcher back there, the backstop ends up doing most of the backing-up.
Does the catcher back up first base?
The objective for backing up a base is to prevent a runner from advancing on an errant throw. The catcher should back up first base when: A ground ball is hit, and no base runners are on base. There is a runner on first, and the forceout is made at second before the double-play throw to first is attempted.
Who backs up third on a steal?
Shortstop. Again, during a steal attempt where the 2nd baseman covers the base, the shortstop should back up. This is the same for steal attempts at 3rd base. If there is a runner on third, the shortstop should also make his way behind the pitcher when the catcher throws the ball back after a pitch.
What does backup mean in baseball?
On a single to the outfield, we concede that run. In this situation, the pitcher is the primary backup on a throw to second from left field. As soon as the ball lands safely in left with the bases empty, the pitcher needs to anticipate and move into position to field a throw that gets by the second baseman.
Who covers 2nd on a steal?
Normally the second baseman will cover second on a steal attempt with a right-handed batter at the plate and the shortstop will cover second when a left-handed batter is up.
Are there plays in baseball?
One play is called ht hit-and-run. This is case where a base runner starts running as soon as the pitcher throws the pitch. The batter is then supposed to try and make contact with the ball.
How many players are on the bases when the bases are loaded?
Thus, after a play, at most three runners may be on the basepaths, one on each base—first, second, and third. When three runners are on base, this is called bases loaded.
When should a catcher take off his mask?
So if you’re playing Little League, just leave the mask on and catch the ball. If you’re above that level and wear a hockey style mask, it’s up to you… either take it off or leave it on. The reason for this is the hockey-style mask will stay snug to the head and won’t shift around as you run and look up.
Who covers first base in baseball?
On a force play, the fielder covering the base stands with one foot on that base. In general, the first baseman covers first base, the second baseman or shortstop covers second, the third baseman covers third, and the catcher covers home plate.
Who is the cutoff man for left field?
This diagram shows the setup for runners at 1st and 2nd base when a single is hit to left field. The 3rd baseman is the cut-off guy, so he may choose to reroute the throw if to 2nd or 3rd if needed.
Who takes the throw at second base?
The shortstop will take the throw at second base in most cases. In fact, the shortstop should make it second nature to cover the bag anytime there is a runner on first, after each pitch is thrown. On a steal attempt the catcher is the most instrumental player, yet the shortstop must be able to handle any throw.
Who is the cutoff man for center field?
On a single to center field the second baseman will be the cutoff to second base. The shortstop will cover the bag. The pitcher must position himself to back up second base.