Helps players learn to read the pitcher and infielders, and get a great jump on the delayed steal.
- You can run this drill in the infield, or set up a first base and second base in the outfield the appropriate distance apart.
- Coach stands on the pitcherâ€™s mound.
- Players line up at first base.
- The first player in line steps up to first and stands in a â€œreadyâ€ position on the bag, similar to a starting position in a track meet.
- The coach will simulate a wind up and pitch.
- As the coach releases the pitch, the baserunner will take three shuffle steps, then sprint hard and slide into second base.
- Repeat with the next player in line
- The delay steal is most effective when the middle infielders donâ€™t move toward second base after each pitch. Or if the catcher is throwing from her knees, or being lazy getting the ball back to the pitcher.
- The shuffle steps allow the baserunner to move toward second without over-committing. If the catcher is alert and the middle infielders move toward the bag, the baserunner can easily shift gears and get back to first.