Shortstop Ready Position

Derek Jeter focuses on the fundamentals of baseball skills and drills by reviewing the ready position. Make sure your beginner baseball player demonstrates balance and a solid base before moving on to more advanced baseball drills.


Derek: All right, you guys ready to go?

Kids: Yeah.

Derek: Ready to learn some stuff today?

Kids: Mm-hmm.

Derek: So if you guys have any questions at any time, ask me, all right? I know you've got a lot of questions, right? Yeah? So what we're going to do is, first we're going to work on our getting ready position. Can anybody here play basketball?

Ryan: Mm-hmm.

Derek: How do you play defense in basketball?

Ryan: Like this.

Derek: Yeah, you've always got to be on your toes, right, so you can go left and right. It's the same thing on defense. So if you're playing defense on me, I'm playing basketball, how're you got? If I go this way, you're with me, right? So, baseball, it's the same thing. You've gotta be in ready position. You've gotta be on the balls of your feet so you can go left to right at any time. All right?

So we're going to work on our ready position. All right? So I'm acting like I'm the pitcher, and then when I get ready to throw, that's when you guys get ready. Okay? There we go. Now you, what you need to do, Joe, you need to spread your legs out a little bit.

Joe: Like that?

Derek: Yeah, like that. Because, put them back together, now if you're like that, I can just push you out of the way, right?

Joe: Mm-hmm.

Derek: But now spread out. When I try to push you, you're better, right? Okay, we'll try it one more time. You ready? Now you guys are ready to go. Now you're tall, so you want to make sure that you get your butt down a little bit. See, I'm tall too. So you don't want to go like this, you wanna make sure you get your butt down.

All right. There's one thing you've got to realize when you're playing defense, you always want to make sure your glove is on the ground, all right? You've got to make sure you get your butt... But put your other hand out here because you always want to... There you go.

So we're going to do some drills like that without the glove to make sure you guys are down. Remember, now, to get your butt down. All right?

Release Date: Jul 19 2013

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