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Old 01-03-2014, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Does anyone have any advice for playing at night with artifical lighting. I find it very difficult to get a good read on the ball. It's not so much the glare from the lights as it is getting a read on which way, how deep etc the ball is going.

I am normally an excellent fielder during the sunlight hours, but I am reduced to a regular joe at night.

I've dried colored lenses, eye-black (in case it was the glare) but nothing seems to make a difference.

Is this just something alot of people have troubles with?

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Old 01-03-2014, 10:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I struggle with the daylight/night time issue too but I see the ball better at night. I'm a completely different player.

What kind of lenses did you try in the glasses you wore?
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I have found that yellow tinted lenses (Like Shooters use) work pretty well.
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I noticed I had this issue as well this year. I can judge balls just fine in the outfield during the day but at night I've missed a few catches and almost missed several more. I'll try some yellow tinted glasses as Marls said above but any other advice would be super.

Side note, have any of you checked your color vision? I am color defficient, meaning I am red white green color blind but I can technically see colors. Maybe this is the root issue as it is actually quite common in men.
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I struggle with the daylight/night time issue too but I see the ball better at night. I'm a completely different player.

What kind of lenses did you try in the glasses you wore?
I tried yellow and light blue. The color wasn't the issue so much as the lenses themselves. I don't wear sunglasses at all in the sunlight either as I find they distort my vision too much.
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Does anyone have any advice for playing at night with artifical lighting. I find it very difficult to get a good read on the ball. It's not so much the glare from the lights as it is getting a read on which way, how deep etc the ball is going.

I am normally an excellent fielder during the sunlight hours, but I am reduced to a regular joe at night.

I've dried colored lenses, eye-black (in case it was the glare) but nothing seems to make a difference.

Is this just something alot of people have troubles with?

Thanks
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I sure do bro. I am an OK OF in sunlight but suck at night. I have actually quit playing at night because of it......
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We got put in a night league in the fall a few years ago and my teammates really struggled. Growing up, my teams seemed to play most of our baseball games under the lights, and I got to where I actually preferred it. I haven't played at night much in recent years, but it doesn't take much to adjust, but then I play infield. The background is better at night where I play. Beats looking directly at the sun as it goes down. Had a couple of games this year when I couldn't see the ball at all. Not good at 3rd.
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I started off playing just night games for almost 2 years straight. I had a lot of trouble tracking the ball unlike in the day time, took me about a year and a half to finally get it down.

I think I actually struggle more during the day time because I've become so accustomed to playing at night.
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Try to put the batter between poles ie no lights directly behind them. should allow you to see the ball jump off the bat and clear the backstop and give you a good idea of what the ball is doing. If it means me playing 5-10 feet out of position its worth the risk. I can normally make up for being slightly out of position then tracking a ball through the light but not actually seeing what its doing.

straight up ball is coming your way
left or right into the lights probably not hit anywhere you can get but lets you know who to back up

I have tried colored lenses yellow, rose and amber but always get rid of them after an inning or 2.

*forgot to mention line drives are still a big PITA for depth perception

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