Even if the pitcher and catcher are the ones often making plays and not so much activity goes on for the first base player, they are still integral to the success of any game. First base players are those who can help save the entire game if they know that they need to hold the runner at the first base,that the situation can definitely turn into a bunt and if they need to prevent the third runner from scoring. Here are a few things to remember when playing the first base.
1. Communicate With Your Pitcher
Your team’s pitcher and you at the first base would be communicating directly with each other during the game. Knowing if its a ground ball you can make your play fast to prevent the batter from making the base. Getting yourself in an athletic stance and giving your pitcher a target by holding your glove up, middle or hip level would allow you to catch the ball and make a good, quick and clean tag.
2. Do No Be Idle
The idle player in any sport is the one who loses one for the team. Even if the first base player may not have much to do, they have to move and be alert. At any time, there can be a ground ball at the first base to receive the throw. Spring to the base quickly to avoid having confusion when it comes to team play with the other base players. You will also need to run stretches with a few hops. Always anticipate the pitcher’s throw.
3. Do Not Hesitate
Always tag the runner when they appear to be safe as some umpires might make a wrong call or the runner is not actually safe yet. Always get into position right after the pitcher has made the throw so that you can plan how to cover your bag properly. Know your outfielders in case of a runner cut-off play. Keep your ears open; your catcher may set up a dynamic play that will need your concentration.