Tennis Ball – Base Running Drill

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This drill is productive for players to work on leading off and speed.

The runner is on 1st base in her ready position (ready for her lead off).

Another player or coach is a short distance from her, in the base path from 1st to 2nd base.

The coach holds a tennis ball at eye height. As the ball is dropped on a piece of flat wood, the runner leaves the base and attempts to catch the ball before it bounces off the wood a second time.

The distance for this drill is determined by the skill level of the runners, but start out close so that she can easily catch the ball and slowly move back to challenge her.

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