Ball response

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1. The manner in which a thrown, struck or kicked ball contacts and rebounds from a playing surface. Ideal ball response is consistent in both direction and speed.

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This is a picture of a shortstop fielding a grounder and without proper ball response one wouldn't know how the ball would come off the bounce.
Source: http://chronicle.augusta.com/images/headlines/042801/slideshow/daily2.html