The Running Through First Base Drill teaches players the proper technique for running through first base.
Players should line up at home plate. The coach should set up in the first base coach’s box.
- On the coach’s mark, players will begin running to first base.
- Players should run hard through first base.
- Emphasize hitting the front part of the base with the front foot because this increases the chances of begin called safe on close plays.
- Runners should never stretch when hitting first base. Players should always continue with their normal stride to prevent injuries.
- For younger players, place a cone or other marker just past first base to ensure players run all the way through the base and to the marker.
- Players should practice looking to their right when they hit first base. Doing so during game time would allow the runner to see if the ball got past the first baseman.