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Good Baseball Drills For Better Base Running PDF Print Email
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Written by: Chris Campbell   
Friday, 22 May 2009 15:49
There are so many different roles for each player in the game of baseball, that it can be difficult to become a master of all. But, with some good drills catering to each role, it's quite achievable to become a master of many. Let's take a look at a base running drill. Perhaps not as much fun as hitting practice, but an essential skill none the less.


There are so many different roles for each player in the game of baseball, that it can be difficult to become a master of all. But, with some good drills catering to each role, it's quite achievable to become a master of many. Let's take a look at a base running drill. Perhaps not as much fun as hitting practice, but an essential skill none the less.

As with any good baseball drill, it will help to improve more than just the specific skill (base running) being worked on. Since baseball is also a team sport, it's always good to take advantage of having other players to participate in the drill. It's also important to keep all players involved and moving.

Begin the drill with one runner on first base, one runner on second base, and a player in the batters box at home plate. Any remaining players, should queue up behind the runner in the batters box.

You'll need a couple of extra bodies as well. They can be coaches or other players. If they're players, make sure they get a chance to do the drill as well. One coach should start hitting balls from home plate. Since there are no fielders for this drill, a fly ball, or a grounder will count as singles.

Depending on whether the coach hits a fly ball, or a grounder, will determine how the runners react. A ground ball will cause the player at home plate to sprint full out for first base. A fly ball, will have him run a little slower, but approach first base, as if he was heading on to second.

Just like the player starting at home, the player starting at first base has a few options. On a ground ball, he will make a bee line for second base. However, if a fly ball is hit then he will run to second, and then go for third only if the third base coach tells him to do so.

I think your getting the hang of this, so you should know, that the second base runner will go directly to third on a ground hit ball. He may then go to third only if the third base coach tells him to.

After the first drill is run, it is possible that you may have a runner waiting on third base. They as well have to make a choice. On a ground ball, when no other player is waiting on second base, the third base coach will direct the runner as to where to go.

In order to keep things interesting for the players, keep this drill moving. There's no reason to be standing around much.

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