The clips below show the throwing pattern when starting a double play from 3B. I also briefly discuss the footwork during this particular play but it is not the focus. I invite you all to sign up for Infieldcamp.com as Bobby and I will be creating video content over these next few months to open up the world of infield information for baseball and softball athletes!
When a ball is hit directly at you as simulated in the clips, there is no stride involved. This is just a basic weight shift throw. This is one fluent motion with no pauses or delays in the body or arm pattern.
If the ball is hit slightly to your left OR if you have time to shuffle your feet towards the target you may do so. The clip below shows the weight shift only, no shuffle, no stride with a focus on the High Level Throwing Pattern.
Footwork for Weight Shift Throw
To use the weight shift throw, the athlete fields the ball on the inside part of the right foot. This will allow the weight to be shifted to the right while fielding the ball. Since there is no true stride or shuffle towards the target, this will be a quick, stationary throw. On balls that are hit slightly the the left of the 3rd basemen, the athlete can use the shuffle to throw. When this type of play happens, the ball was fielded on the inside part of the glove side foot, OR inside of the left foot.
The Rocker Step
This is how momentum and weight shift is established. The rocker step allows the body to move towards the target efficiently and effectively without taking extra steps. As the ball is approaching the fielder, the fielder lifts his toe up so that the heel stays fixed to the ground. As the ball is fielded, the toe then moves towards the ground, giving the sensation of a rocking movement towards the target, hence the Rocker Step. More information to come on the Rocker Step on our InfieldCamp.com website.
High Level Throwing Pattern
The Body Position
The trunk/spine angle changes its position, meaning the hips flex forward resulting in the shoulders shifting over the toes. However, the trunk will still immediately turn back against the hips as the hips are opening up. When this happens, the body remains low (hips maintain flexion until the arm starts to move through external rotation). When the ball is about to be released, the hips will fully extend!
Check out the videos below. It shows the arm pattern as the trunk changes it’s orientation.
The Arm Pattern
The arm pattern is shortened and the stride is shortened, resulting in a faster hip to trunk sequence to ball release. The shoulders will tilt forward changing the orientation of the trunk/spine angle as mentioned above. This also changes the arm pattern.