The physical skills required to succeed as an infielder vs. an outfielder are actually quite varied. An outfielder is not merely an infielder playing deep. When it comes to throwing, outfielders must be accurate and use good form, so the ball travels the maximum distance. It’s important to rush but not be too quick with the throw.
Infielders, on the other hand, most definitely need to rush AND be quick because they need to get rid of the ball as soon as possible. Because of this, they may not always use a complete throwing motion or fully engage their legs.
Since these two roles require varying skillsets, it’s important to use a different mindset when teaching players to throw from the outfield vs. the infield. Giving players an opportunity to practice both roles will allow them to perform their best in either position. Tune in to hear more on this topic from Coach Kirk Walker!
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