Softball is a sport that has many technical terms that you need to know. One of these terms is a double play. But what does a double play mean?
A double play means that you get two outs in one play. The most usual way to make a double play is when there is a runner on first base and the batter hits a ground ball to the infielders in the middle, shortstop, or second base.
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This article will explain how double plays are made, how often they happen, how players train for them, and other similar plays.
How Are Double Plays Made?
Double plays are made when you get two outs in one play. There are different ways to make them, but the most frequent one is when there is a runner on first base, and the batter hits the ball to the infielders in the middle.
When the ball goes to the infielders in the middle, the shortstop or second baseman, they throw the ball to second base to get the runner on first base out. Then, they throw the ball to first base to get the batter out too.
Another usual way to make a double play is when there is a runner on a base and the batter hits the ball in the air. In softball, the baserunner moves a few steps (a lead) away from the base. So when the ball is caught by a fielder, if they throw it to the base where the runner was before they get back to it, they are out.
How Often Do Double Plays Happen?
Double plays do not happen very often. The reason they are rare is because they are very hard to do in such a short time.
The situation also has to be just right. There has to be at least one runner on base, and the batter has to hit the ball in a place where the infielder can make the double play. The infielder has to be very quick and focused to do it.
Even when everything is perfect, the challenge for a double play is not over yet. Now the infielder has to throw the ball faster than the batter can run, avoid being hit by the baserunner's slide, and not make any mistake. All of these things make double plays difficult and uncommon.
How To Train For Double Plays In Softball?
I have a lot of experience in softball. I played for 10 years in different teams and levels. I was also a shortstop, which means I was an infielder in the middle and the most likely to do a double play.
When I practiced, my coach made me work with my second baseman on tossing the ball. This means we practiced tossing the ball underhand to each other when we got a ground ball. This way, when the ball came to us, we could toss it to each other fast and easy to get one out.
After getting the out at second base, the infielder on second base jumped off the base and threw to first base to get another out. And all of that happened in seconds. Those tosses we practiced were quick, giving us more time to make the throw to first base.
We also practiced jumping off the second base bag. In softball, a runner does a smart slide where they slide into the infielder to stop a double play. So we avoided this by practicing leaping out of the runner’s sliding area to make a smooth double play.
Other Kinds Of Plays
There are many plays in softball, but here are some that are like double plays:
- Triple plays
- Ground outs
- Fielder’s choice
- Fly outs
- Pop outs
- Triple plays are rare plays that happen when there are three outs in one play. There is no usual way for a triple play. Triples are rare because they are very hard. Not only do the situation need to be just right, but the infielders have to be fast enough to do it.
- Ground outs are when the ball is hit on the ground and an infielder throws it to first base for an out. These are one of the most usual plays in softball.
- A fielder’s choice happens when there are one or more runners on base, and the infielder picks a base to throw the ball to for one out. For example, if the ball is hit to shortstop when there is a runner on first and second, and the shortstop picks to throw to third, that is a fielder’s choice.
- Fly outs happen when a ball is hit in the air, usually to the outfield, and is caught. It has to be a high hit for it to be a fly out. If it is too low, it’s called a line drive. If it is too high, it’s called a pop out.
- Pop outs are hits that are very high in the air. They look like they go straight up. They pop into the air and are caught, usually by an infielder, for an out. Fly outs and pop outs are different because of the angle they have. Pop outs go straight up while fly outs do not.
How To Avoid Double Play Blunders In Softball?
There is a saying that goes, “practice makes perfect” – and that is true for double plays in softball. Double plays can be some of the most thrilling moments in a game, but they also need skill and accuracy from all involved. Sadly, mistakes are unavoidable when doing a double play, so it is important to know common blunders so that they may be prevented.
One of the most common blunders is when the ball escapes from the fielder who is getting it. This often happens because of poor communication between the players or because one fielder was not alert. If a fielder loses or fumbles the ball during a double play try, then both runners may move safely as only one out will be made instead of two.
Another blunder can happen if a fielder does not get an out at second base before throwing to first base for the third out. This can happen if there is not enough time for two outs on the same play; this might happen if either of the runners runs too fast or if there is a confusion between fielders on which runner should be thrown out first. In this case, only one runner will be thrown out, even though two outs were tried.
The best way to prevent these blunders is to practice as much as you can with your team and focus on communicating well and effectively with your other infielders during every play. By being aware of these common blunders and preparing well, teams can do double plays more often than not!
How Double Plays Can Help Or Hurt A Softball Team?
A double play in softball is like a game of strategy – each move has to be thought out and done with accuracy to succeed. It can involve any pair of two outs on the same play, but its main goal is to quickly stop an offensive attack and get the defense back in the game. The benefits of double plays are many and they can often make the difference between winning and losing.
One benefit is that they can help to prevent runs from scoring and change momentum back to the defense. They also allow for quicker changes between offense and defense, as well as more control over the speed of play. In addition, double plays can make a chance for a team to score runs or get an edge from a defensive point of view.
Finally, double plays can be used smartly to mess up an opponent’s plan or momentum. By taking away one or more choices from the offense, teams can push them into situations that are worse or less favorable than their opponents’ ideas. This makes it hard for them to react well and effectively, which could give your team a boost in tight matches. Double plays may also make chances for players on both sides to make amazing defensive plays that can end up being game-changing moments. Moving into the risks of double plays is an important step in understanding how they work on the field.
Risks Of Double Plays
While double plays can give huge benefits to a softball team, they also come with risks. A double play needs the fielders to do exact movements in fast order, and even the smallest mistake can lead to an error or let the runners reach base safely.
When trying a double play, it is important for the fielder nearest to first base to be careful not to do any sudden movements that could scare the runner. If he makes a bad throw or if he does not move fast enough, it could give the runner enough time to reach second or third base safely. It is also important for all of the players in the play to be aware of their environment and expect where each player has to go for the ball to be thrown from one person to another.
Finally, it is important for all players in a double play to act fast and strongly when going after ground balls or taking a throw from another player. If one person does not move fast enough or fails to catch a bad throw, it can result in expensive errors that put runners on base and ruin an inning. With such high stakes involved, double plays have both pros and cons that have to be carefully thought out before trying them
Softball is fun, but there are also many technical terms to learn while watching. Double plays are a hard move, usually between the infielders in the middle, that happen when there are two outs in the same play.
There are also other types of plays like triple plays, which are like double plays, but even rarer. These triple plays happen when three outs happen in one play. Single outs, like a ground out, are also like double plays, but they’re much more common.