It is true baseball is an individual game, but we need to remember we play the game in a team environment and lack of communication creates preoccupation with other things. Things totally unrelated to the game at hand.
Little things like having a teammate let you know ‘You Got Room’ may make the difference of making a spectacular catch versus colliding with the Wall, the Fence, or even the other player going after the same ball.
Little things like having a teammate let you know where to make a spectacular throw the ball [e.g., One, One, One] while you’re fielding a bunt may not only make the difference of throwing the ball to the right base, it may be the difference of winning and losing. Instead of an out, both runners are safe.
Show me a team that does not Talk and I will show you a team who breaks the Cardinal Rule of Outs; Giving the other team more than 3 Outs per Inning!
A team is a family and as with any relationship, lack of communication is a red flag. We can tiptoe around it, but there is a problem looming, and it will rear its ugly head the first hiccup. It does not take a psychologist to recognize that lack of communication results in assuming, transferring of blame, and eventually LOSING.
It’s the little things that have the greatest impact, so the resolution is simple. TALK!
Outfielders – Examples
- Know the situation [e.g., Outs, Score]
- Know who should catch the ball (are you a righty or lefty) between them based upon the pending throw
- HELP – You have side view, help your teammate catch the ball in front of them [e.g., back, back, back]
Infielders – Examples
- Know the situation [e.g., Who is fielding the bunt on both sides of the pitcher, Double-Play Depth, Infield out]
- Know who has priority on Pop Flies
- HELP – You can see the play unfolding, let your teammate know where to throw the ball [e.g., One, One, One]
Remember the quietest member in the dugout is the Scorekeeper.
Until next blog ‘Say Something I’m Giving Up On You‘,