Finally, whereas enjoying day baseball video games, you will encounter what is named a “Excessive Sky” which basically means the sky is completely blue and void of clouds.
This may increasingly at first appear to be splendid enjoying circumstances, however with out realizing it, clouds function a depth notion support when monitoring a excessive fly ball and with out them it will increase the problem 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 out of the blue you’ve gotten problem seeing the ball.
You’d additionally surmise the white ball can be extra clearly outlined towards 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 distant from different fielders to help. How will we play in a excessive sky setting?
The very first factor it’s best to do, for those who suspect there is a sky which may 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 sport, assuming outfielders know find out how to catch and one grass outfield is just not a lot completely different than one other, however this generally is a big mistake.
Their assumptions grass is grass, could also be right, however the attainable make-up of the sky may create rather 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 residence run.
Whereas shagging flies you see no difficulty with seeing the ball, advantageous, go about your small business, but when there’s a drawback, you recognize forward of time find out how to modify your techniques in enjoying a excessive fly balls, as an alternative of when the sport is presumably on the road.
With the intention to play a excessive fly ball in a “excessive sky,” there are two vital 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 all the time a certain fireplace technique both, as a result of most outfielders will not really 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 observe 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 trying to find the ball, he would not take the time to retrieve them.
The perfect technique for enjoying a excessive fly ball is to show sideways, your glove hand going through the infield. Except the ball is hit to your reverse aspect, which would require you to make use of your throwing hand as a protect, you possibly can visually observe and run a ball all the way 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. With the intention to additional improve your visibility, utilizing your glove or hand, to dam the glare from affecting your eyes lets you focus with out squinting. This technique can be the precise technique to make use of when battling a Solar Area.