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Softball NSW Playbook

· Assume less than 2 out, scores are close/even · What is the play? · What fielders go where?

Situation 1. No runners on ­ hit to infield

Actions ­ Team and Individual Player Infield to play 1st RF and catcher to back up 1st in case of overthrow RF to play 1st, catcher to back up throw CF to play 2, keep runner at 1, pitcher to back up throw LF to play 2, keep runner at 1, RF to back up throw Relay set up to 3rd base, SS/2nd to be relay 1st base to line up between relay and home in case of fast runner Pitcher to back up 3rd (or home) Play 2nd for lead runner, taken by SS or 2nd depend which side of diamond is the hit OF to back up possible overthrow from infield and keep runner at 2nd Hard ground ball play to 2nd Opposite outfield to back up 2nd takes throw from LF with SS backing up, SS from CF or RF, with 2nd backing up More than likely runner will score! So relay set up to 3rd base, SS/2nd to be relay 1st base to line up between relay and home in case of fast runner Pitcher to back up 3rd (or home) Hold runner at 2, play 1 with catcher and RF to back up Next play is at 3rd expect runner to go Pitcher & LF should run to back up 3rd. CF to back up a throw from 1st to 2nd.

2.

No runners on ­ ground ball to outfield

3.

No runners on ­ hit past outfield

4.

Runner at one ­ hit to infield

5.

Runner at one ­ ground ball to outfield

6.

Runner at one ­ hit past outfield

7.

Runner at two ­ hit ground ball to infield

8.

Runner at two ­ ground ball to outfield

Play is HOME, through cut-off, RF and CF going through 1st base as cut, LF throwing to 3rd (as cut). Catcher should be CUTTING the play to keep the runner at 3rd, or if they go, relay ball to home Pitcher to run to back up home DON'T forget the batter, keep her at the lowest possible base too

9.

Runner at two ­ ground ball to outfield

On the catch going to 3, LF and CF on the full, or through SS as cut, RF going to 3 through SS as cut PITCHER must be backing up 3. 1st base can also back up home This runner will score ­ get the batter at 3 (or even keep them at 2 relay set up to 3rd base, SS/2nd to be relay 1st base to line up between relay and home in case of fast runner Pitcher to back up 3rd (or Home) Fielders in close, Runner must be held at 3, make sure she commits back to 3rd before playing 1 ­ RF to back up 1, pitcher to go round to back up home in case runner goes on throw 1st base to be ready to play home On a fumble or a slow roller where batter nearly at 1, fake to 1 to try to trick 3rs base runner, don't forget the batter and keep her at 1st if possible Runner has scored, RF to play 1st, catcher to back up throw CF to play 2, keep runner at 1, pitcher to back up throw LF to play 2, keep runner at 1, RF to back up throw INFIELD FLY, BATTER AUTOMATICALLY OUT regardless of ball being caught. Runners don't have to go, but must tag on the catch. Should be no play after catch. If dropped, check runners ­ tag play at 3 Force 3, play at 3 (by 3rd or SS), with LF back up. Try for double at one on balls hit to P, C, SS, 3 ­ not 1st or 2nd ­ but watch for runner at 2nd going to 3rd. try to keep her at 2. RF to back up throw to 1st

10.

Runner at two ­ hit past outfield

11.

Runner at three ­ ground ball to infield

12.

Runner at three ­ ground ball to outfield

13.

Runners at one and two ­ fly ball to infield

14.

Runners at one and two ­ ground ball to infield

15.

Runners at one and two ­ ground ball to outfield

Same as #8 Be aware of 2 trial runners looking for extra bases

16.

Runners at two and three ­ ground ball hit to infield

Same as #11

17.

Runners at two and three ­ ground ball hit to outfield

Same as # 8 Play home, through cut off, RF and CF going through 1st base as cut, LF throwing to 3rd as cut. Catcher should be CUTTING the play to keep the runner at 3rs, or if they go, relay ball home Pitcher to run to back up home Don't forget the batter; keep her at the lowest possible base too. Runner at 3 to score on catch, same as play #9 On the catch going to 3, LF and CF on the full, or through SS as cut, RF going to 3 through SS as cut Going to home on shallow fly Pitcher must be backing up home Same as # 10. These runners will score ­ get the batter at 3 (or even keep them at 2) Relay set up to 3rd base, SS/2nd to be relay 1st base to line up between relay and home in case of fast runner Pitcher to back up 3rd (or home) Automatic play at home by all infield for a tag play by catcher BLOCKING the plate Don't forget the batter! Catcher to come up throwing to 2 ­ CF may have to cover 2, so RF to back up throw from catcher Play home for the force, double play up at 1 with RF backing up. 1st base must come up ready to throw back to home for a tag play, pitcher to back up home Same as # 8 ­ runner at 3 should score. Play is home, through cut-off, RF and CF going through 1st bas as cut, LF throwing to 3rd as cut. Catcher should be cutting the play to keep the runner at 3rd, or if they go, relay ball home Pitcher to run to back up home Don't forget the batter, keep her at the lowest possible base too THIS IS A HARD ONE ­ depends on where it goes and if catch is running in or running our. Most likely ­ runner at 3 to score on catch, same play as # 9 BUT 1st base and 3rd must be lined up as a cut to 4. Pitcher backing up at home On a deep outfield catch going to 3, LF and CF on the full, or through SS as cut, RF going to 3 through SS as cut. Pitcher must be backing up 3. 1st base can also back up home

18.

Runners at two and three ­ fly ball hit to outfield

19.

Runners at two and three ­ hit past the outfield

20.

Runner at three ­ squeeze play

21.

Loaded bases ­ ground ball to infield

22.

Loaded bases ­ ground ball to outfield

23.

Loaded bases ­ fly ball to outfield

24.

Loaded bases ­ hit past the outfield

Same as # 10. These runners will score ­ get the batter at 3 (or even keep them at 2) Relay set up to 3rd base, SS/2nd to be relay 1st base to line up between relay and home in case of fast runner Pitcher to back up 3rd (or home) Most likely opposition will bunt ­ WE MUST GET AN OUT Hard bunt fielded quickly ­ play 3, all other plays going to 1. LF to back up 3, RF to back up 1 Play to 3 ­ if safe, also look to keep batter at 1, if out, play 2 if runner goes with CF backing up If play is at 1 ­ 1st base must come up ready to throw home, but only throw if runner is going home. i.e., don't throw to 3, keep her there! Same as # 25 ­ but we are likely to do intentional walk to make force play to 3

25.

Tie breaker ­ Top of the innings

26.

Tie breaker ­ bottom of the innings (no score)

27.

Tie breaker ­ bottom of the innings (we scored one)

Same as # 25. Tying run on 2, must get outs and keep her at 3. Play at one is more likely. Batter is the go ahead run, so better to get her out!

28.

Tie breaker ­ bottom of the innings (we scored 2 or more)

They need to score 3 to win, so get outs, don't chase runners, and keep others at lowest possible base

29.

1-3 splits ­ even/down (i.e. runner can't score)

ALWAYS watch for offence to squeeze bunt Options ­ back pitcher who throws to 3 Pitcher ducks to tempt runner at 3 Play to 3rd Cut play by 2, forget the runner at 1 ­ all eyes at 3 ALWAYS watch for offence to squeeze bunt. Likely to be a cut play, runner still important, and runner at 1st is their goahead run. If runner at 3 goes nowhere, try to keep runner at 1 also (or get her out) Always keep an eye on runner at 3 and if she goes, she is important Unlikely to squeeze bunt but be ready for bat on ball ­ all options available ­ likely to be all the way, but we must get the out ­ get runner at 1 in a trap play, and forget the runner going home!

30.

1-3 splits ­ up by one

31.

1-3 splits ­ up by 3 or more

32.

1-3 splits ­ runner at 3 goes home on throw to 2nd

Depends on score ­ will be # 29, 30 or 31.

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