Teaches players when and how to tag up on fly balls.
- You can run this drill in the infield, or just set up four bases in the outfield the appropriate distance apart.
- Set up three outfielders, and a line of baserunners at first base.
- Coach stands at home plate with a bat and balls.
- The first baserunner in line begins at first base.
- Coach hits or throws a fly ball into the outfield.
- The baserunner takes a short lead, then a larger lead after the ball is hit.
- If the ball is caught in the outfield, she returns to first. If it is not caught, she can advance to second at her discretion.
- Reset the drill by moving the baserunner to second base. And the next player in line starting on first.
- Repeat steps 2-4, this time with a runners on first and second.
- This time, the runner on second can tag up on fly balls to right field.
- Reset the drill by moving the baserunners to second and third base. And the next player in line starting on first.
- The majority of the fly balls should be catchable, to give the baserunners an understanding of when and how to tag up.
- Make it easier: For younger teams, Coach can lob balls to the outfielders from near second base.
- Make it harder: Establish the number of outs, inning, and score before each play. Teach the baserunners when they should be aggressive and when they should be conservative.