Eventually, while playing daytime baseball games, you will encounter what is called a “High Sky”, which basically means the sky is totally blue and devoid of clouds.
This may seem at first glance to be ideal playing conditions, but without realizing it, clouds serve as a depth perception aid when following a high-flying ball and without them it increases. the difficulty of estimating the distance.
A “High Sky” also presents a glare problem, which you may not realize until the ball is hit high in the air and you suddenly have difficulty seeing the ball.
You might also assume that the white ball would be more clearly defined against a blue background, but we’re not talking dark blue, we’re talking very light blue with a hint of glare projected for good measure.
Ok, we’ve identified what a “High Sky” is and the issues it presents for an outfielder, more than an infielder, as the outfielder is more likely to be alone too far away from other players. field to help. How do we play in a high sky environment?
the very first What you should do, if you think there is a sky that might be creating a problem, is have flying balls hit you during pre-game warm-ups. I’ve seen coaches who will only practice on the pitch before a game, assuming the outsiders know how to catch and a grassy outfield isn’t much different from another, but it can be a huge mistake.
Their assumptions that grass is grass, may be correct, but the possible makeup of the sky could create a lot more problems than a boulder on the ground. A bad hop single is nothing compared to a badly played one, because you couldn’t see the ball, in the park’s home run.
While you are making flies you see no problem to see the ball, fine, go about your business, but if there is any problem you know in front of of time, how to adjust your tactics when playing high-flying balls, instead of when the game might be in play.
In order to play a high ball in a “high sky” there are two important things to accomplish, acquire depth perception and block glare. One way of course is to wear sunglasses, but it’s not always a safe method either, as most outdoor players won’t actually wear the sunglasses on their face, they support them on their caps, with the intention of catching them, grabbing them and putting them on as they follow the ball.
The problem arises when the outfielder panics because he cannot find the ball and completely forgets that he is even wearing sunglasses or is so engrossed in finding the ball that he does not take the time to search for them. recover.
The best method of playing a high fly ball is to turn sideways with the glove hand facing the infield. Unless the ball is hit from your opposite side, which will require you to use your throwing hand as a shield, you can visually follow and run a ball to catch it. Why, how does it work?
By turning sideways you look at the ball from an angle, from which it is much easier to determine the height, distance and arc of the ball. To further increase your visibility, using your glove or hand, preventing glare from affecting your eyes allows you to focus without squinting. This method is also the exact method to use when fighting a Sun field.