This video talks about various softball practice drills you can run with your players in order to work on timing the lead for your base runners.
There are two different timings for the lead discussed during the video:
Straight steal: If you’re in a straight steal situation, your base runner will leave when the pitcher’s at the top of her pitching motion. By the time the ball is out of the pitcher’s hand, the runner will just be leaving the base with her back foot.
Bunt lead: When your batter is going to bunt the ball, your runner will wait on her lead until the ball is in flight and approaching the hitting zone. That way, the base runner can get her lead when the ball is coming into the zone–she can be off the base, see the ball go down onto the ground and not lose her momentum to the next base.
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