How to Field a Ground Ball in Baseball
Learning to field a ground ball in baseball can be an easy task to do if you do it correctly. It is a skill that you will need to know how to do no matter what position that you play on the field, but it will take practice to become proficient at fielding a ground ball in baseball.
- Keep your eye on the ball. Follow the trajectory of the ball off of the end of the bat. This way you can anticipate where the ball is going and get there quicker.
- Get in position to catch the ball. Move your feet as fast as you can so that you are directly in line with the ball. You may have to run to the spot, but once you get there be sure to square your shoulders to the ball. Your feet should be shoulder width apart and if you are in the correct position, the ball should be rolling towards you, between your feet.
- Get low to the ground. Bend your knees so that you are closer to the ground. As the ball is approaching you, your glove should be on the ground, ready to make the catch.
- Move your glove so that the ball rolls into your glove. Use your other hand to secure the ball. Sometimes the ball may take an unexpected bounce. Move your glove as needed.
- Stand up and be prepared to make the throw. Transfer the ball to your throwing hand so that you are ready to throw the ball.