Baserunning - How To

Baserunning - How To

Running to first base (ball in the infield)
- after hitting the ball, run hard toward 1B. After 2-3 steps, players should look up to find the ball. If the ball stays in the infield, they will run through the base.
- players should look at the outside corner of the base closest to them. Their feet will follow their eyes there.
- after touching the outside corner of the base (either foot is ok), players should come to a stop in 2-3 steps and turn their head to the first base fence.
- players turn their head to the first base fence to protect themselves in case of a bad throw as well as to see if a throw went past the first basemen
- after coming to a stop, and turning their head towards the first base fence, players immediately return to the base.

Running to first base (ball in the outfield)
- after hitting the ball, run hard toward 1B. After 2-3 steps, players should look up to find the ball. If the ball is in the outfield, they should plan on rounding the base.
- players should break outside half way to the base (pitcher's mound) to round first base. While doing this, they should look at the first base coach for direction.
- players should stare at the inside corner of first base and touch the base on the corner as they round it (doesn't matter what foot)
- after touching the base, players continue to second base; either coming to a stop on the base or sliding. Players must stay on the second base.
- if the direction is to round the base but not go to second base, players should touch the inside corner of the base and locate the baseball while slowing
down to a stop 2-3 steps past first base. If the ball has come back to the infield, players should return to the base.