Baserunning: Fundamentals of making the turn at first

  1. The player should explode out of the batter’s box just as they did when trying to beat out an infield hit.
  2. As the player approaches first base they should start to move outside the baseline slightly (about 5 feet or so) and begin their turn around first about 20 feet from the base.
  3. The player should make the turn and contact the inside portion of the base closest to the pitcher’s mound while pulling their left arm down hard and shifting their weight slightly to the left to help facilitate an accurate turn.
  4. The player should push off the edge of the base and be at full speed as they turn around first. Without being at top speed here it’s unlikely for the player to be able to advance to second should there be a late or errant throw.
  5. As the player leans to the left and contacts the base they should be looking to pick up the ball.  For a player to be thinking about going to second they must locate the baseball to ensure they know what is happening in the field.  If the defense gives them the opportunity they are in a position to take the extra base.  If not they chop step to a stop and return to first base.

Our next post will give you a drill you can use to work the baserunning fundamental of making a turn at first.

Talk to you then.

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