THE BALL HIT TO THE PITCHER
When the ball is hit, the Pitcher should field the ball and throw it to the First Baseman who should be covering first base. If the ball is being thrown away at first base and seeing that the Catcher is running to back up first base, the Pitcher should at that time cover home plate. (Note: the Catcher only backs up first base when the ball is hit to the Pitcher or towards the left side of the infield and there are no runners on base.)
The Catcher should run to back up first base as soon as the Pitcher fields the ball and makes his throw to first base. The Pitcher may possibly throw the ball away at first base and the Catcher might have to field the ball as the back up and make his throw towards second base.
The First Baseman should move to step on first base and wait to catch the ball thrown by the Pitcher.
The Second Baseman should run behind second base backing up the Pitcher. The Shortstop should be covering second base. The Pitcher may miss the ball, or else throw the ball away at first base once he fields it. The runner could be advancing in the direction of second base.
The Third Baseman should move in the direction of the ball in case the Pitcher fields or misses it, then he runs to cover third base when the Pitcher fields the ball.
The Shortstop also, should move towards the ball in case the Pitcher fields or misses it, and then he should cover second base when the Pitcher fields the ball.
The Left Fielder should run towards the ball backing up the Pitcher and the Center Fielder. As soon as the Pitcher fields the ball and makes his throw to first base he then runs to back up third base.
The Center Fielder should run towards the ball (in case it gets past the Pitcher, Second Baseman, or the Shortstop) backing up the Second Baseman, who should be backing up the Shortstop, who should back up the Pitcher while covering second base.
Charles R. Sledge Jr. was born on September 9th 1956 of a small town in Pittsburgh Pa. One of three children, he is the oldest son of three. From the age of 8 yrs. he has been an avid baseball player, having a special love for the game. He played Little League, Pony League, and Colt League, High School and Semi-Pro baseball. Upon completion of High School, Charles attended college at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he became a professional artist. He landed a tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club in 1975. He turns down an opportunity to play professional baseball to serve his country in the United States Army Infantry stationed in Berlin. He played semi-pro baseball for the Sea Side Bombers located on the west coast while in the army. His love for the game continued past his playing years. He married and became the father of four children, three boys and a girl. He volunteers his time coaching Little League Baseball in his home town. Charles has coached and managed all four children. To this date he is the manager and coach of the North Braddock Firemen Little League Team. He decided to write and share what he has learned through the years with parents, coaches and children everywhere. Charles wishes that you would get out of this manual all he put in.