Notes from Coach Cakert.
Our u 18 and HS team loves the Signalfan: This is an actual picture of the Signalfan. You can give your team
clear signals in a glance. It is made of lightweight plastic on a
stainless steel ring that allows for thousands of combinations. Just
pick a color or colors to represent an action. Pick a direction, number
of blades, or an indicator blade, to let your team know this is a real
signal. For example: with six blades up and red toward the infield was a
"slap" for us. If any blades were down it meant nothing or hit away.
One year we used white as our indicator blade and gave the sign sideways
with the white blade hanging down. If another color was hanging down
the sign meant nothing. With the white blade hanging down they looked
for the color(s) on top of the sideways group.
pick offs. For us each color represented a person in the infield. ex:
Yellow was second base, blue was short stop, black meant pitch out. So
if those three blades were up that meant a pitch out, to second with the
short stop covering the base. Held sideways the three meant the
shortstop would be short of the base for a play at home. You could pick a
color(s) to represent a play.
fielders : We used red for in and green for out. Tilted whichever
direction we wanted the players to move. You don't want a batter to hear
you tell your team to move out. What a confidence builder.
It will save your voice and give your player confidence in knowing exactly what you want them to do!
Calling pitches for use uses color and direction of the Signalfan.
your imagination and you can confuse your opponents but your whole team
will be aware of the play being called and what to do or where to move
or back up. Let your players be involved, they love helping to make the