Finally, whereas enjoying day baseball video games, you will encounter what is called a “Excessive Sky” which basically means the sky is completely blue and void of clouds.
This will at first appear to be perfect enjoying circumstances, however with out realizing it, clouds function a depth notion help when monitoring a excessive fly ball and with out them it will increase the issue of estimating distance.
A “Excessive Sky” additionally presents a glare drawback, which you will not notice till the ball is hit excessive within the air and immediately you’ve got problem seeing the ball.
You’d additionally surmise the white ball could be extra clearly outlined in opposition to a blue background, however we’re not speaking darkish blue, we’re speaking very gentle blue with a touch of glare thrown in for good measure.
Okay, we have recognized what a “Excessive Sky” is and the issues it presents for an outfielder, extra so than an infielder, as a result of the outfielder is almost definitely to be by himself too far-off from different fielders to help. How can we play in a excessive sky surroundings?
The very first factor it is best to do, when you suspect there is a sky which might create an issue, is to have fly balls hit to you throughout pre-game heat ups. I’ve seen coaches who will solely take infield apply previous to a recreation, assuming outfielders know easy methods to catch and one grass outfield just isn’t a lot completely different than one other, however this could be a large mistake.
Their assumptions grass is grass, could also be appropriate, however the potential make-up of the sky might create far more issues than a rock on the infield. A foul hop single is nothing in comparison with a misplayed, since you could not see the ball, within the park dwelling run.
Whereas shagging flies you see no difficulty with seeing the ball, advantageous, go about your corporation, but when there’s a drawback, forward of time easy methods to modify your ways in enjoying a excessive fly balls, as an alternative of when the sport is probably on the road.
In an effort to play a excessive fly ball in a “excessive sky,” there are two essential issues to perform, buying depth notion and blocking out the glare. A method after all is to put on sun shades, however that is not at all times a positive hearth technique both, as a result of most outfielders will not truly put on the sun shades on their face, they prop them on their cap, with the intention of reaching up, grabbing them and placing them on as they monitor the ball.
The issue arises when the fielder panics as a result of he cannot discover the ball and fully forgets he is even sporting sun shades or is so consumed with looking for the ball, he does not take the time to retrieve them.
The very best technique for taking part in a excessive fly ball is to show sideways, your glove hand dealing with the infield. Except the ball is hit to your reverse aspect, which would require you to make use of your throwing hand as a defend, you possibly can visually monitor and run a ball right down to catch it. Why, how does this work?
By turning sideways, you’re looking on the ball from an angle, from which it’s a lot simpler to find out peak, distance and arc of the ball. In an effort to additional improve your visibility, utilizing your glove or hand, to dam the glare from affecting your eyes permits you to focus with out squinting. This technique can be the precise technique to make use of when battling a Solar Subject.