Pre Run – Base Running Drill

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This drill will warm players up before games to prevent pulled muscles and build endurance.

Players will begin with a slow jog from the foul line to center field and back.

Now the players conduct one of the everyday stretches (Making sure to keep them even i.e. If you stretch the right leg then you must stretch the left leg as well)

Then the girls will lunge out until they reach 2nd base and then back to the foul line.

The girls will then again conduct another stretch.

Now the girls will do but kicks till they reach the second base line and then back.

Another stretch.

Frankenstein walk (Holding arms straight out and kicking the palms of your hands) to the 2nd base line and back.

Another stretch.

Then the girls will finish with build up running. Jog slowly and build up to 50% speed, then 75% speed, then 100% speed. Continuing the stretching in between.

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Partner Running – Base Running Drill

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This drill will promote teamwork as well as endurance, and improved hand-eye coordination.

Have the girls partner up and line up at home plate with one softball per group.

The first group will face each other shuffling in a fielding position while rolling the ball to their partner(slightly ahead of their partner) as they travel down the first base line all the way to the foul pole. The second group will begin when the first group reaches first base.

After reaching the foul pole then that group will jog side-by-side along the fence, tossing the ball in the air to each other, all the way to the other foul pole.

After reaching the foul pole in left field then have the partners walk, one in front of the other, back to home plate while tossing the ball up to each other. The player in the back tosses it about 3ft above and in front of the player in front, while walking. Player in front then gently tosses it up and the player in the back catches it until the the partners make it back to home plate.

After the entire team makes it around once, challenge the groups to speed up and when the ball is dropped or another group passes them then the group sits where they are and that group is out.

Winning group sits out of 10 push-ups, running, or sit-ups.

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One Ball, Two Ball – Base Running Drill

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This drill will build endurance of players as well as work on the accuracy of the throws made.

Evenly spread out the players at each base.

The ball will begin at home plate and will throw the ball to first.

The person at fist will throw to second. This is continued all the way around the bases with each player running to where they threw the ball and waiting at the end of the line for another turn.

When players are used to this, throw in a second ball.

When players are used to this, yell out “reverse” and reverse the direction in which the ball was being thrown.

Each time the ball is dropped or a bad throw is made the players must drop their gloves and run around the bases until they reach their spot and begin again.

Have a goal of 10 or 15 times the ball goes around the bases without making a bad throw or missing the ball.

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Agility Base Running – Base Running Drill

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This drill is great for conditioning, building endurance, and base running.

All runners will begin at home plate

The first runner will step in the box, take a swing and take off to first base taking the turn at first.

The runner will then shuffle, keeping her butt down like taking a fielding stance, until she reaches second.

After tagging second she will jog backwards and 3/4 of the way to third turn around and sprint to tag third, continue running, and slide into home.

The runner will then go to the end of the line and continue the drill.

After the runner reaches first base the next player should begin.

This is a continuous and fast paced drill.

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Base Coaching – Base Running Drill

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This drill can be fun for players to learn to always watch the first base coach, react to the signals, and execute with proper footwork.

Runners will be lined up at home plate

The runners will take a swing and proceed to run to first.

Within the first 4 to 5 steps the runner should look at the first base coach and depending on the signals the coach has designated the runner will either take the turn, or run through the base.

When runners become more advanced add the third base coach.

When runners are signaled to take the turn at first the third base coach will give another signal.

At the end of each sequence the runners will proceed to the back of the line at home plate and continue.

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Pitch Anticipating – Base Running Drill

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This drill will provide base runners with more experience and practice in reading the trajectory of the pitch and eliminate hesitation in a game.

Have a few runners at each base, with a pitcher and catcher in position.

The pitcher will make a pitch and the runners will take their lead and then make the decision to whether the pitch is in the dirt or is a passed ball and steal or stay.

The coach will be standing by watching and if a runner hesitates on their decision then he/she will have to run out to the outfield, touch the fence and then proceed to the next base.

Each pitch the runner will go to the end of the line at the next base so that the players are constantly rotating.

When runners become more confident and are predicting the pitch more accurately have the coach, on passed balls and pitches in the dirt, yell different ways to slide into the next base(head first, hook slide, pop-up).

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