Purpose

Teaches how to properly approach first base, by running straight through the base and not lunging when they get close.

Set Up

  • Players line up along the backstop behind home plate.
Diagram 1: Home to First Base Drill

Instructions

  1.  The first player in line steps into the batters box
  2. On the coach’s signal, the player pretends to swing, then runs full speed from home plate to first base.
  3. Run through the base, slow down and return to the back of the line.
Diagram 2: Home to First Base Drill

Coaching Tips

  • Have players jog to first base to focus on positioning and hitting the base in stride.
  • Add fielders and make the runners beat the throw to first.

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