What is an On Deck Circle?
In Baseball (and Softball) the next batter in line to bat traditionally waits on the on deck circle in the foul territory. This is colloquially referred to as being in-the-hole.
The on-deck circle can simple be a circle in bare dirt, a circle painted onto artificial turf or at the college and professional level, the on-deck circle in made from artificial material such as turf or carpet. Teams paint or add their logo in the center.
What are the Major League Baseball rules for On Deck Circles?
According to Major League Baseball rules, there are two on-deck circles (one near each team’s dugout). Each circle is 5 feet in diameter, and the centers of the circles are 74 feet apart. A straight line drawn between the centers of the two on-deck circles should pass 10 feet behind home plate.
What are the Benefits of a quality On Deck Circle?
Baseball On Deck Circles provide the next batter their defined space and a quality on deck circle helps to reduce high-traffic wear. This assists field managers in maintenance while providing a great spot for the team logo or sponsorship opportunity.
Is the On Deck Circle the right place to stretch?
No, warm up stretches should be done before you step up to the On Deck Circle. There are 4 critical routines that should be done before you step up at-bat, so stretching before hand will allow you to focus on the critical preparations.
What are the 4 Critical Preparations that should take place on the On Deck Circle?
- Warm Up Swing: Swing your regular game bat in the on-deck circle and not a weighted bat which may actually slow down batters, according to the exercise physiologists at Louisiana Tech University.
- Observe the pitches thrown from the pitcher to be able to judge the speed and break on each pitch, so you are ready to step up to the plate.
- Watch and study the pitcher to see his delivery to home plate. Your rhythm and timing are critical to hitting the ball well. By carefully watching the pitcher you can decide where to start your load and when to get your foot down for your swing. Being in sync with the pitcher ensures good rhythm and timing.
- Time on the On Deck Circle allows you to gather your thoughts before you step up to hit. Focusing on confidence with good and positive thoughts, with a focus on how well you are going to hit the ball when you step up to the plate.
Having a specific plan for your time in-the-hole will make you a better hitter. “You can’t think and hit at the same time”. But, being prepared, aware of the pitcher and knowing what situation you are stepping into will make you a smarter hitter.
Optimum preparation at the Baseball On Deck Circle will make you a better and smarter hitter.
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ON DECK-CIRCLES – BASEBALL / SOFTBALL MATS
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