If catchers wear the "tools of ignorance", then first basemen play the "position of neglect" because many youth coaches don't teach much to their first basemen even though it is a highly important position. Perry Hill, the first base coach and infield coach for the Seattle Mariners, breaks down how you can properly train your first basemen. This is part 1 of a two-part interview.
Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week (38:05) about how to teach timing to 10-12 year-old hitters.
In this 48-minute episode, you'll learn:
- responsibilities of a first base coach (4:04)
- how a first base coach works with the runner on first (4:49)
- how travel baseball could be better (8:44)
- whether intentional time should be set aside for teaching position-specific skills (9:39)
- whether kids should be throwing every day (11:56)
- whether pitching on flat ground would ruin kids' arms (12:46)
- whether kids are different from adults in throwing every day (14:08)
- two key parts to throwing correctly and safely (14:58)
- the key to keeping the throwing elbow at shoulder height (18:16)
- the type of player who can play first base (18:54)
- the case against defensive specialization (21:14)
- the best strategy for bench players to get playing time (21:54)
- why coaches shouldn't use a depth chart (22:41)
- how first basemen should position themselves defensively (24:49)
- three critical things a first baseman must master before anything else (25:23)
- how the first baseman should position himself to receive a throw from the infield (25:43)
- how the first baseman should position himself to hold the first base runner (28:54)
- when a first baseman can get in the baserunner's path back to the base (30:38)
- whether first basemen should straddle first base when holding the first base runner (31:23)
- the advantage of a first baseman's glove vs. a regular infielder glove at first base (32:49)
- when the first baseman should be the cut-off man (34:13)
- what age to teach first baseman cutoff plays (35:43)
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