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SS – The shortstop is likely one of the best pure athletes on your team. A good shortstop combines quick lateral movement, soft hands, and a strong arm. Shortstop is the most active position of the infield so it is a key defensive position. At shortstop, the play can be to the left or the right so the player must be aware of game situations and runner positions at all times. Of all the infield spots, this is the key defensive position. Because the majority of hitters are right handed, and the tendency is to pull the ball, this is the most active defensive position on the diamond (aside from P and C). The ideal characteristics of a SS include wide lateral range, soft quick hands, and strong accurate throwing arm. It is a very demanding position, which is why your shortstop is likely your best pure athlete.

Beginner: At the beginner level, making the long throw across the diamond to 1st base easier by having the SS play on or in front of the base path. The key plays for the SS are the ground ball and throw to first to get the batter/runner, and covering 2nd base on a ground ball to the opposite side of the infield. At the beginning level, don’t expect the 4-6-3 (2B to SS to 1B) double play. Educate your middle infielders to make the closest and easiest out possible. An out is more important than trying to cut off the run at home in the beginning stages.
Intermediate: Turning the double play and playing the cut off man for outfielders can get your team an extra big out and keep opposing runners from freely taking an extra base. In tunring the double play, quick hands and an accurate throw are the keys. An errant throw on a double play can change a runner on 1st situation into a runner on 2nd or 3rd in a hurry. If in doubt, make sure of the lead out. A SS is an ideal player to be a cutoff man on throws from LF and CF to 3B or 2B. quick hands and a strong throwing arm can keep runners from advancing or getting an out in a key situation. When a ball is batted past an outfielder (LF or CF) have your shortstop run partially into the outfield between where the ball is and inline with the base to where the ball should be thrown. The outfielder should throw the ball to the SS who throws the ball to the proper base. To relay the ball quickly, the SS should position himself sideways (or inline) when receiving the ball. If the SS is directly facing the outfielder when receiving the thrown ball, he will have to turn 180 degrees to make the following throw, likely throwing it off line. By using a sideways position, it is simply catch - step – throw. To work on this, play a relay throw race. Make several lines of the same number of players. Position them in a straight line approximately ˝ the distance , of the basepaths. The 1st player throws to the next player in line who relays to the next until the last player has the ball. He reverses the ball to return via each player relays to the 1st player in the line. The ball must be relayed by each player in order. Make sure players are positioning themselves sideways to receive the throw and make a quick transition to the relay throw.
Advanced: Holding runners close to the base is more of an art form than it is a practice-made-perfect skill. Good shortstops know how to catch the attention of the baserunner, with movement and sound, at just the right time. If you distract the runner, cause them to place attention on the shortstop, then you create the possibility of a pick play with the second basemen, or force the runner to retreat a step or two towards the bag, making them less of a scoring threat. Several tactics include starting a short and slow movement just as the runner glances in your direction, then stopping, to put the runner at ease, then when they glance away, make a quick movement towards the bag. All you need to do is cause the runner to shorten up their lead to be successful. Another tactic is to alternate between a deep postion and shallow position, so that the runner is constantly searching for your location..
  The Dream Play: The “Dream Play” for the shortstop is the backhand ground ball in the hole between shortstop and third base, with the force out being made at first base.

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