Return to course: Protected: Recognizing Pitches: 3 Ways to See the Ball Better at the Plate
American Baseball Camps
Recognizing Pitches: 3 Ways to See the Ball Better at the Plate
Picking Up Signs
Picking Up Signs
Each question (excluding questions 3 & 4) will have 3 answers…
Who should be looking for the pitcher's "tells"?
Your on-deck batter
Your bench players
Your dad in the stands
What are some pitching "tells"?
Wrist and forearm angle
What the other team's coaching is yelling from the dugout
Digging for grips
Where the pitcher is looking
Where the catcher is looking
What is tunneling?
Trying to hit the ball to one specific spot in the field
Looking at the window of space where the pitcher will release the ball?
What does tunneling achieve?
Helps you recognize pitches faster
Helps you hustle out of the box quicker
Helps you to correct mechanical flaws in your swing
What ways can you help your team when running on second base?
Replay the double you just hit in your head, so you repeat it your next at-bat
See if you can pick up the catchers signs
Try and look into the pitcher's glove to pick up his grip
Have a conversation with the other team's shortstop and gather information from him
Notice if the catcher is changing his stance based on the pitch that is being thrown
How/when should you relay signs to your teammates?
Obviously, we want the whole stadium to know what pitch is coming next
Discretely, we want just our players to know what pitch is coming next
Verbally, yell out a phrase or number to signify the next pitch
Visually, hand signals or body movements that don't draw too much attention to you
If you 75% sure you have the signs figured out
Only if you are 100% sure you have the signs figured out