One of the [tag]baseball baserunning drills[/tag] that I use during [tag]baseball practice[/tag] helps to make EVERY runner better at cutting the corners while rounding a base.
I have them run the first turn around 3rd and note how far out the rounded 3rd coming into the base, then how far they traveled outside the foul line on the way home. Then, I give them this tip:
When you head into the turn, think less about making a “loop” and more about leaning in with the left shoulder toward the ground as you approach 3rd base (a little like a water skiing turn to make a rooster tail), the gravity of running full speed at that angle combined with hitting the bag on the inside corner with your right foot propel you nearly right down the line toward home.
EVERY player improved his time going from 2nd to home in the FIRST try!!
This one helps to reinforce this [tag]baseball drill[/tag]:
Load the bases with runners and hit the [tag]baseball[/tag] to each fielder. Each time I hit the ball I yell out how many outs there are. Than I see what the runners and fielders do on their own as if we were in real game situations . We discuss after the play if they made the right decision. This drill makes them think on their own and react much quicker during a game.