Pee Wee through Varsity baseball can be very difficult for a parent who is new to it. Sending your child out to play a game that you know nothing about is even harder. You don’t understand what the coach is yelling, or to whom the coach is giving direction. Knowing the positions can make it easier for you to understand what is going on out on the field and be able to enjoy the game.
I have been an assistant pee wee coach for 3 years now. I was recruited shortly after my kids began playing baseball. I knew nothing about the game other than the fact that my kids loved it. Now, I hand out a sheet to all of the parents at the beginning of the season to help them learn to love the game, instead of being confused like I was. Here are the positions on the field and what they do.
If you take a good look at a baseball diamond, you will see that it is a diamond inside of a field. It is separated into these parts for a reason. If the player is on the line of the diamond or inside of it, they are infield, if they are on the outskirts of the diamond, they are outfield.
Pitcher: The pitcher stands on the mound in the center of the field. Their purpose is to throw the ball and “retire” the batter. We use the term “retire” because it is not a competitive word to the children. It just means that they are done for a while. (If you use the word “struck out” it makes the kids feel bad.) They remain on the mound at all times.
We rarely use a child pitcher in pee wee baseball. typically it is the coach that is pitching to the children. This is to avoid injury of the players. Beginning in Junior Varsity baseball, the pitcher is selected carefully by the coach from the team players. They are selected by attitude and accuracy. You don’t need a kid with a bad attitude in charge of the ball.
Catcher: The catcher is located behind the batter. In Pee Wee baseball we typically have the catcher stand out of the way and catch the ball once it has hit the ground behind the batter. This ensures that they will not get hit with a bat. Starting in Junior Varsity, the catcher will remain behind the batter at all times (a safe distance of course).
First Baseman: The first baseman is located on the base to the right of the batter. The purpose of the first baseman is to receive the ball from other players on the field and touch the base before the batter gets there.
Second Baseman: The second baseman is located on the base behind the batter. This player needs to have a good arm and a strong throw. They must be able to get the ball most of the way to home plate (for pee wee). For Junior Varsity the coach will try to pick a player that can get the ball over home plate.
Third Baseman: The third base is located between second base and home plate. This is one of the last stops that the batter will make before making it to home plate. The third baseman should have a strong enough throw to get the ball to home plate and be able to catch a ball coming from first base.
Shortstop: The short stop plays a position between second and third base. The purpose of this position is that most batters are right handed. The shortstop will have first access to a ball that is hit by a right handed batter.
The last three positions are labeled as if you are standing at home plate and looking toward the outfield.
Left Field: This portion of the field is located to the batter’s left in the outfield.
Center Field: This portion of the field is located directly in front of the batter in the outfield.
Right Field: This position is located to the right of the batter in the outfield.