In today’s video blog post, we are talking about 1st Base Baseball Conditioning, and holding runners on base.   We briefly discuss the importance of giving the pitcher a target, proper body position and being in fielding position when the pitch crosses the plate.

1st Base Baseball Conditioning: Holding Runners on Base

Holding Runners on Base Tips:

  • You want to be sure to hold a man on first base effectively, and give your pitcher a nice target.
  • Spread your feet parallel to the foul line to prepare for quick response.
  •  Move quickly into fielding position when the pitch is thrown. You don’t have a lot of time from when the pitcher lets go of the ball. You have to be in a set position ready to field your position.
  •  You must be able to adjust to any ball.
  • You want to condition your players to move into position on command, with knees set and ready to make the play.


1st Base Training Tips –

A good 1st baseman must have:

  1. Good reflexes
  2. “Sure Hands”
  3. A quick, accurate and strong arm
  4. Quick feet
  5. Understands all game situations
  6. Ability to make the double play


For more 1st Base Baseball Conditioning tips and techniques, be sure to check out my “Baseball Drills & Practice Plans” series, complete with video demonstrations!   And don’t forget to Become a Fan on Facebook, where you can discuss this and other 1st base baseball conditioning topics with other coaches and players!