Denville PAL Girls' Softball

Position Responsibility

Player Coverage Area

The following chart displays the player coverage area for teams fielding 9 players.

Position Responsibility

3B

  • Field balls in coverage area
  • Ground balls or dropped fly balls
    • Less than two outs: throw one base ahead of lead runner on force play, look runner back and throw to first when no force play
    • Two outs: throw to first or get easy out
  • Caught fly balls
    • Less than two outs: throw behind the runner if she is too far off base
    • Two outs: the inning is over
  • Charge home on bunt
  • Cover third base

SS

  • Field balls in coverage area
  • Ground balls or dropped fly balls
    • Less than two outs: throw one base ahead of lead runner on force play, look runner back and throw to first when no force play
    • Two outs: throw to first or get easy out
  • Caught fly balls
    • Less than two outs: throw behind the runner if she is too far off base
    • Two outs: the inning is over
  • Cover second on a bunt with no runners or with runner on first; cover third on bunt with runner on second
  • Backup 3B on balls hit in 3B coverage area; cover third base if necessary
  • Backup P on balls hit to P coverage area
  • Cover second base on all balls hit to right side of field
  • Cutoff throws from the outfield for balls hit to the left side of the field; cutoff position should be midpoint between thrower and 2 bases ahead of runner on ground balls and 1 base ahead of runner on fly balls expected to be caught
  • Cover second base on steal and pickoff attempts when a batter is up that is likely to hit the ball to the right side of the field

2B

  • Field balls in coverage area
  • Ground balls or dropped fly balls
    • Less than two outs: throw one base ahead of lead runner on force play, look runner back and throw to first when no force play
    • Two outs: throw to first or get easy out
  • Caught fly balls
    • Less than two outs: throw behind the runner if she is too far off base
    • Two outs: the inning is over
  • Cover first base on bunt
  • Backup 1B on balls hit to 1B coverage area; cover first if necessary
  • Cover second base on balls hit to left side of field or to P
  • Cutoff throws from the outfield for balls hit to the right side of the field; cutoff position should be midpoint between thrower and 2 bases ahead of runner on ground balls and 1 base ahead of runner on fly balls expected to be caught
  • Backup throws from catcher to pitcher with runners on base
  • Cover second base on steals and pickoff attempts when a batter is up that is likely to hit the ball to the left side of the field

1B

  • Field balls in coverage area
  • Ground balls or dropped fly balls
    • Less than two outs: throw one base ahead of lead runner on force play, look runner back and throw to first when no force play
    • Two outs: throw to/tag first base or get easy out
  • Caught fly balls
    • Less than two outs: throw behind the runner if she is too far off base
    • Two outs: the inning is over
  • Charge home on bunt
  • Cover first base
  • Cutoff throws from outfield to home for extra base hits

P

  • Field balls in coverage area
  • Ground balls or dropped fly balls
    • Less than two outs: throw one base ahead of lead runner on force play, look runner back and throw to first when no force play
    • Two outs: throw to first or get easy out
  • Caught fly balls
    • Less than two outs: throw behind the runner if she is too far off base
    • Two outs: the inning is over
  • Charge home on bunt
  • Cover home on past balls with runners in scoring position
  • Cutoff throws from outfield to home for singles and caught fly balls
  • Backup third base for throws from the outfield
  • Backup home for extra base hits to right field

C

  • Field balls in coverage area
  • Ground balls or dropped fly balls
    • Less than two outs: throw one base ahead of lead runner on force play, look runner back and throw to first when no force play
    • Two outs: throw to first or get easy out
  • Caught fly balls
    • Less than two outs: throw behind the runner if she is too far off base
    • Two outs: the inning is over
  • Charge bunts
  • Cover home
  • Make pickoff attempts and throw out steal attempts

LF

  • Field balls in coverage area; throw 1 base ahead of runner on ground balls if can make the out, throw 2 bases ahead of lead runner on ground balls if can’t make the out; throw one base ahead on caught fly balls; throw behind the runner on caught fly balls if the runner is off base and failed to tag up
  • Backup balls hit to 3B, SS, & CF
  • Cover third base on bunts with no runners on base or with a runner on first base
  • Backup throws to third base from P, C, 1B, 2B, & RF
  • Backup throws to second base from 1B, 2B, & RF

CF

  • Field balls in coverage area; throw 1 base ahead of runner on ground balls if can make the out, throw 2 bases ahead of lead runner on ground balls if can’t make the out; throw one base ahead on caught fly balls; throw behind the runner on caught fly balls if the runner is off base and failed to tag up
  • backup balls hit to LF, RF, and the middle infield
  • Cover second on bunts with a runner on second base
  • Backup throws to second base from P, C, 1B, & 3B

RF

  • Field balls in coverage area; throw 1 base ahead of runner on ground balls if can make the out, throw 2 bases ahead of lead runner on ground balls if can’t make the out; throw one base ahead on caught fly balls; throw behind the runner on caught fly balls if the runner is off base and failed to tag up
  • Backup balls hit to 1B, 2B, & CF
  • Backup first base on bunts
  • Backup throws to first base from P, C, SS, 3B, & LF
  • Backup throws to second base from 3B, SS, & LF