How to execute a run down so even the fastest baserunner can’t escape

Drill Setup

  • Infielders set up at second and third base.
  • Runner is in between them.

How it Works

  1. Coach says “go.”
  2. Player at second runs toward runner with ball in his throwing hand.
  3. Fielder at third runs toward runner and calls “ball” when he has good momentum toward the runner and feels it is time to make the throw.
  4. Fielder from third catches the ball and tags the runner.

Coaching Tips

  • Whoever has the ball should be running full speed at the runner – don’t let the runner dictate the speed.
  • Fielder with ball should hold it in bare hand not glove.
  • Receiver calls for ball when he has good momentum going forward and feels it is time to make the throw. No fake throws or jukes.
  • Fielders should run full speed and make the runner go full speed so it is difficult for him to stop and change direction.