Hi, this is Chris Richard, with Personal Pitcher, and this is how to field a short hop. The short hop is one of the most difficult plays for an infielder to make, as it's kind of unpredictable as how high that ball's gonna bounce when it gets that close to you. So you want to avoid it at all costs, and really work on reading those balls off the bat and infield practice, and setting yourself up for that longer hop. However, if you're on a bad field, or the guy hit the ball hard right at ya, you gotta have these techniques down to be able to, you know, defend that. There's basically three ways you can do it. You can hold your ground, be in an athletic position and work down to up real quick, depending on how good your hands are, you'll be able to catch that short hop. If you can read the hop, and keep your feet alive, you can move through the ball, and catch it on the really really short hop, just maybe when it hits the ground you can kind of scoop it up, and not allow it to kick that bigger hop or that unpredictable hop. The more you can get into it, you know, the more you decrease the chances of it, you know, getting by your glove. Your glove can, you know, handle that short hop and get through it. And then the third one is a drop step and play the ball off to the side, okay? When you have a bad field, or you know, the guy's a slow runner, you can take that time and do a drop step, and just kind of drop step and allow that longer hop to happen. Do it to the backsides, you know, as well. But those are the three basic ways to do it. Square it up and work down to up, work through it, or take a drop step. Good luck, and take a lot of practice, and remember to get those reads in batting practice, those will help you out a lot.