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Monday, September 27, 2010

Quick Tip #6

When taking a lead at second base with less than two outs and a runner on 1st base – the runner should take their lead on the baseline in a straight path towards third to make the force a tougher out. If there are two outs the runner should take their lead behind the baseline in order to make a good turn around third base.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Quick Tip #5

With 1st and 3rd bases occupied and less than 1 out, the runner on third should always break for the plate if the batter hits a ground ball – if a ground ball is hit to the pitcher get caught in a run down between 3rd and home for as long as you can in order to advance the runners. This avoids a double play and you will end up with at least one runner still in scoring position.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quick Tip #4

On fly balls that are softly hit between the infield and the outfield the infielder should go ahead and try to catch the fly ball until he hears the outfielder call him off – outfielders have priority.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Quick Tip #3

The base runner should never depend on the base coach when the batted ball is front of them – if the ball is behind them (example runner on first and ball hit to right field) – the runner on first will look to the 3rd base coach whether or not to advance to 3rd.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quick Tip #2

Runner on third – take your lead in foul territory and come back to the bag in fair territory, always with your eyes on the ball.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Quick Tip #1

In performing run down plays avoid doing several pump fakes with the ball. The defensive player that has the ball should try to keep the ball “inside the diamond” especially when there are other runners on base.