How to Play Baseball: Working the Fence
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Learn to work with different kinds of fences in the outfield.


(Music Playing) I like to talk a little bit about how you work the Fences in Outfielder. It is important for two reasons: 1. In terms of being able to get rid of the ball. 2. In terms of protecting yourself and not getting hurt. An Outfielder, regardless of the level, unless you play at the same facility over the game, the first thing that he should do after getting stretched in throwing is to come out and take a look at the fence. As you get a little bit older in the high school and college, you are going to travel around; you are going to play with different facilities. This is fairly typical on what we see now. A chainling fence with some kind of a wind screen, this type of a surface kills the ball that it will hit it. If you are playing on a field that has a wooden outfield wall or concrete brick wall or some sorts, the ball is going to ricochet off much, much faster so, an Outfielder needs to take the ball and run at to the fence and throw a couple off and see what kind of a bounce you will get. (Demo) As you can see with that kind of a throw, we are not going to get much of a bounce so we know at that point, we can get a little bit closer to the fence, once it hits and we are on position to move it, (Demo) Pick up the ball and get it back in. A brick wall ball is going to bounce off a little further, we are going to need to be off the wall a little more so it does not bounce over our head and you end up given up and inside the park home unnecessarily. We also want to talk a little bit about once a ball comes off the wall, how we handle it? What will we do? How do we get the ball? Things that nature. Ryan is going to help me do that. We are going to do it two fashions: 1. The ball that comes off the wall on his dead stop. We pick that up in a certain way. 2. The ball that comes off the wall and keeps on moving. You are going to have to feel that ball on a certain way. Ryan, let us walk to the fence. This ball is dead, (Demo) Ball will stop completely, but we want Ryan to do is we want him to go to his throwing side so we are gong to get around this side of the ball. He is going to squirm himself up, he is going to bend down with a bare hand, (Demo) Force his finger on the top of the ball, bring hands back together, get a small crow hop and hit his cut off man. (Demo) Second option that we have is the ball that is continuing to move. It hits off the fence and it is rolling. Now, we are going to set this up even though it stop, we want to pretend just for a second that it is still rolling. The ball is still rolling, we want Ryan to move to that ball and with two hands, scoop to the throwing side, pick it up, get a nice crow hop and hit his target. (Demo) Those are our two techniques that we want to use on any ball that is coming off the fence. Let us take a look at few of those opportunities. Go! (Demo) Dead ball, Ready? Go! Dead ball, Good. Ready? Go! Dead ball, The ball is moving, two hands, scoop and throw. (Demo) Ready? Ball. The ball is moving, Okay, we will try our best to get around the ball, pick it up on the throwing side ready? Ball! The ball is moving, two hands, scoop, and throw. (Demo) You might notice Ryan is picking up some rocks with that which is fine. That mean he is doing a good job, making sure he gets that ball. Any great Outfielder knows how to work the fence. He knows how to do so without re injuring himself. He knows how to do so by instinct. A great Outfielder, if you watch him on TV or if you go to a ball park and watch the game in person, when the balls hit over their head, that is either out of the park or going to hit off the wall, you will notice that he will turn and run without ever looking at the ball. He will go, he will just sprint. If you notice that ball is hit that hard and it is instinct, he will try to pick out the spot that he thinks a ball is going to hit. He will get immediately to the fence and then he will turn and find it. We set up that situation with a drill that we call get to the ball and Brian is going to assist me with it. When I say go, he is going to turn and sprint directly to the fence then he is going to turn and look for the ball. Now occasionally, I am going to move him a little bit just so he gets comfortable, being able to shift his body and move right or left or maybe to be right at it. Let us take a look at him. Ready? Go! (Demo) Good. See how he gets up makes the catch. Ready? Go! Down the fence, Good. Now notice how he rounds to ball off, jut like he has been thought. Crow hops and he is getting ready to make the throw. Ready? Go! Trouble, That one is for posterity, gone. Ready? Go! Falls up? Good. He has a feel, an instinct about where that fence is at and once he gets there, he is able to move to the right or to the left. He also knows how hard the ball has been hit off the bat and it is just the instinct. He notices the ball is out of the park or it is up on the fence. Ready? Go! Miscalculate a little bit. He is able to still come back in and make the play. Ready? Go! It is up? And out of here, nothing he can do. Ready? Go! Got to move a little bit, Good. (Music Playing)