How Catchers Handle Bunt Coverage and Bunt Defense
You ever really want to upset your coach. I know a sure fire way to do that. Take an out that the other team’s given you and don’t get it. That’s right were going to talk about sacrifice bunts and how we field them. This is a fundamental that catchers have to be able to do. And if you, like I said, if you want to set off a coach, let the other team sacrifice bunt and don’t get an out. Most mistakes are made because of lack of concentration when it comes to fielding bunts.
Here’s what we want to do. First off we want to make sure. We’ll set the ball up here. When it’s up the third base line, we want to make sure we get around this ball. From here we can than come and fire to first. Let me show you that again. When we’re coming toward the ball, this is always a two hand process. We’re not talking about somebody that’s really fast, we’re just talking about getting an out when their giving it to us. We need to use a two hand technique. Think of it as a broom and a dust pan. Alright here we go. Two hands together, shuffle and move through your base.
A lot of the mistakes are always made because number one, we try a pick it up bare handed and we fumble the ball. That’s why we want to have two hands together. This area in here will get chewed up as the baseball game goes on. So we want to take two hands together. Once we fielded it, we step beyond, we turn. Carry your momentum towards first base. We don’t want to be throwing a baseball to first base and falling backwards. I call that end of the line throwing. We want to make sure we follow our throw.
The bunt up the middle, kind of towards the pitcher, we want to attack this one with a slight bow, two hands together, shuffle our feet and deliver a strong throw. The only thing different on our bunt towards first base, is that when we attack this ball, we’re pretty direct. Two hands together. We need to shuffle inside. This creates a line for us to make our throw to first base. If we don’t take that shuffle inside, there’s a real good chance we’re going to put it right in that runner’s back. Not a good feeling for him. Not a good feeling for you, because we need to get an out when the other team gives us one. So the next time you’re behind home plate and your fielding a bunt, use this tip. Be smarter. Make a good throw the next time you’re behind the dish.