Get there early
Most ballparks open at least 90 minutes before first pitch. You might find a baseball in the seats or you can ask a player, they might just throw you one!
Avoid right down the line
Not as many balls get hit that way. Front rows are always crowded, but don’t get further than 400 feet away or your chances of a catch go down big time.
Think about areas
For right-handed batters, pretend there’s a line from the left fielder through the home plate and up into the stands. Your best angle for catches is to the first base side of the home plate.
Freedom to move
Make sure you have some room to move about, especially left and right. You might be competing with others for a catch!
Follow the outfielders
Watch the outfield players and where they are positioned. They’re set in places where balls are expected to go.
Take a kid with you
If foul balls roll down the line, fielders often pick them up, and hand or toss them to a kid. Everyone’s a winner when your child goes home happy.
Take a glove with you
Baseball gloves are bigger than your hands. Don’t forget, they’re specifically designed for catching baseballs!
Learn from the experts
Zack Hample's books on catching foul balls are worth a read. He’s caught around 9,800 baseballs since 1990, including Barry Bonds' 724th career home run and a 3000th hit from Alex Rodriguez.
Know the players
Right-handed batters usually hit to left field and vice versa for lefties but watch out for pull-hitters. Watch batting practice before a game to see where most home runs go.