One of the reasons I enjoy 14u baseball is watching the transition to a big diamond. Compared to 13u baseball, pitchers are throwing 6 ft. further, bases are 10 ft. further and throws are 10-20 feet longer. Then, you add -3 BBCOR bats to the mix. A lot of things in flux.
Players need to get good at making adjustments at this age.
Here are four things that work in making this transition.
1, Pitchers need to challenge hitters to put the ball in play. It is harder to get a hit at this age — fielders are fast and no one can outrun a baseball. Challenge hitters and see what happens.
2. Infielders need to move through the ball. Bad footwork will not work on a big field.
3. Hitters need to attack the inside half of the ball and go gap-t0-gap and opposite field. You are going to be out front and rollover 10X more than you are going to get beat by a 14u fastball.
4. The value of speed and good base running just got amplified. If that is part of your game, push things hard. If speed is not part of your game, then get to at least average speed and quickness and become a great baserunner. It makes a difference.
Good news is that the fields are not getting any bigger from now on. This is it. This is a good time to make the adjustments.