Video:How to Run Bases in Baseballwith Keith Stephens
Does your ball player need a little help learning the basics of base running? In this video, Coach Keith Stephens shows you how to properly run the bases.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Run Bases in BaseballHi, my name is Keith Stephens for About.com Parenting. Today I'm going to show you how to teach your young athlete the proper way to run the bases in baseball. Let's get started.
Before we begin, you will need something to simulate a base that can be fastened down and not slip and a safe area at least 60 feet long.
How to Run ProperlyFirst, let's look at the proper way to run. When you are sprinting, never run on your heels. Always run on the balls of your feet. Always lean forward when you run. This momentum helps give you more speed.
Run to First BaseWhen you are running to first base, never watch the ball. Focus on the base. Never stop on the base. Always run through the base at your top speed.
If you slow down to stop on the base, you will have a greater chance of making an out
Run to Second BaseIf you hit the ball well enough for extra bases, your coach will tell you to go on to second base. When this happens, you swing out to your right then back to your left and come across the inside of the base, on your way to second.
When you are running the bases, always learn to lean just a little bit to the inside, and step on the inside corner of the bag as you make your turn too advance to the next base.
Push Off the BaseNow, to be ready to advance to the next base, put the ball of your foot on the ground on the front side of the base and use it to push off like a starter block for track runners.
Many games are won and lost on the base paths. Good runners never take their eye off the baseball. And always be ready to run.
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