Sam Chandler of Rumson, New Jersey, played shortstop on both his high school’s varsity baseball team and the travel team for three years. Named as shortstop for the All Division Central A team, Sam Chandler of Rumson received the designation by unanimous vote.
The position of shortstop is as difficult as it is vital to a team's success. The player needs to be constantly aware of what is happening on the field and must be able to use this knowledge to quickly decide on a play. He or she must know how to cover second base on a steal, be ready to throw a player out at second base on a double play, and cover third base when the third baseman needs to move.
Such expertise must be present alongside a high level of athletic ability, as the player must be able to quickly cover long distances and regularly throw the ball across the full length of the infield. A good shortstop can meet these requirements by mastering such techniques as the bow and arrow throw and the one-shuffle step, though he or she also needs to develop strong communication skills with teammates. Only by learning what other players need to do can the shortstop decide where he or she needs to be and get there quickly.
Sam Chandler is a recent graduate of Rumson Fair Haven High School where he distinguished himself academically earning induction into the Spanish National Honor Society and the National Honor Society where he served as vice president.