Baserunning From Home Plate

In today’s video blog post, we demonstrate 3 different ways of baserunning from home plate, and how to handle common hitting situations, such as ground balls, line drives and fly balls.

In dealing with base running from home plate, we need to establish a mentality that, to get extra bases, the very first step is the most important step you are going to make. So keep in mind the first step has to be the best and fastest step, and everything has to remain at that level throughout the course of running the bases.

Running Straight Down the Baseline at Full Speed

In this first demonstration, we are illustrating a player taking a swing and then running full speed down the baseline, and using a shuffle technique to slow himself down.

Ground Ball Base Hit

This technique illustrates a player hitting a ground ball to the left side. Because the player doesn’t always know where the ball is going to go, the player is going to bear down the line like the ball is going to fielded by an infielder, and then he’s going to round the base accordingly.

Line Drive/Fly Ball Base Hit

This last technique illustrates what should happen if a ball is hit into the air, or a line drive that is hit for a base hit. We know that the ball is not going to be caught by a fielder, so we are going to immediately run out to a point about 12 feet off the base line, halfway between home plate and first base, and then round the base accordingly.

 

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    2 replies to "Baserunning From Home Plate"

    • Don Draper

      Just some feedback, Tony running through firstbase is not done correctly. You do not turn your entire body to the side when you pass first. 1) because if you are at speed you will fall over, 2) if the first baseman drops the ball you now need to do a 180 before you can start running to second. You are better to look over to your right to look for the ball while doing a stutter steps

      Secondly what is the difference between the second and third demonstrations?

    • Edward Glomski

      Great information and demostration!! Very important about the first step out of the box!!

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