BVSA Teaches: Technique for Slow Rollers

BVSA Teaches: Technique for Slow Rollers

On this episode of BVSA Teaches, Frank Ramppen talks about technique for slow rollers. Today we’re going to discuss one of the toughest plays in the infield, the slow roller running play where you run through the ball and make a throw on the run. This play requires athleticism and practice to master. The basic premise is to field the ball off your left foot and throw off your right foot. The timing is crucial. As you approach the ball, your left foot should be coming down as you field it. This allows you to transfer and throw while maintaining balance. The throw is usually a sidearm throw that may tail up the first base line. 

Some players may choose to come up and throw overhand if they can’t reach the target with a sidearm throw. It’s important to time your footwork correctly to make the play. When making the play barehanded, the timing is a bit different, but you have more time since there’s no need for a transfer. Kids often prefer the barehanded play, so it’s important to teach both methods. Practice and repetition are essential to improve timing and execution.

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