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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