How to Teach Base Running Third Base to Home?
In this video, Steve Nicollerat discusses the best way on how to teach base Running from third base to home. Often overlooked, base running is an extremely important aspect to baseball. Regardless of the level of play, base running is often the most exciting part of the game.
Take-a-ways on How to Teach Base Running from Third base to Home
We often break down how to teach base running from third base to home in 3 different scenarios: as the ball crosses the hitting zone, ground ball hit, and fly ball hit. Here is a brief overview of the above video that you can takeaway and bring to your team in practice.
As the ball crosses the hitting zone, the runner at third base goes into a poised, slow lead after.
If the ball is hit on the ground, we coach our runners at third base 3 different ways to score on a ground ball:
- "Through" let the ball go through the infield before moving to score.
- "Corners" the ball must get through corners or past pitcher (if up the middle)
- "Down contact" anticipate the ball off the bat and must be hit down on the ground. If it flairs up or is hit in the air, runner immediately returns to third base.
On all fly balls, we teacher our runners their first step is to come back to third base. If the fly ball is too short to tag on the play, we coach our runners to be 3 steps off and read.
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About Steve Nicollerat
Educator, Coach, National Master Certified Epstein Hitting Instructor, and Founder of Coach Baseball Right
I've learned a lot throughout my 40 years of teaching and coaching. I want to share what I have learned to help new coaches help keep their kids engaged and playing while helping them develop personally through the game I love.
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