Communication is important when playing the outfield.
You are the last line of defense so make sure everyone and everything is covered.
Let your teammates know if you are playing deep/shallow or for the pull/opposite field.
Always call the ball if you can make the catch.
Have a good relaxed ready position to get a good jump on the ball.
Outfielders should step into every pitch. This will allow you to have your weight on the of your feet and ready to move in any given direction.
Be mentally prepared for every situation.
RE: softball fielding
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