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Running Techniques

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Drop the bat and take the initial step with your back foot.

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At first, take short steps, lengthening as you speed increases.

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Run straight through 1st base and at least a metre beyond it.

Don't slow down or jump to reach the base.

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A base runner leads off the base with knees slightly bent and weight centred.

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About two-thirds of the way between bases, swerve to the right, starting a controlled shallow arc through the base you're approaching.

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Touch the base with either step in stride. Lean your upper body towards the centre of the diamond.

 


A training drill you might see, with a focus on RUNNING

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Split the children into two teams Only home plate and 1st base are used. Set up cones to provide running lines from home plate to 1st base and back.
The batting team must hit the ball and then charge to 1st. Fielders try to get the ball and throw it to home plate.
If the throw beats the runner, s/he's out. Batters can run only to 1st base. Runners at 1st base try to run home and beat the throw. Each runner who gets back to home plate scores a run.
Three outs and sides change over.

This drill teaches gross motor skills and field awareness.

Teaching basic skills is one of the goals of our TeeBall programme.
These skills, because they involve fundamental body mechanics, can be taken to any sport your child chooses later on.

TeeBall has long been regarded as one of the best way to gain these skills at an early age. In fact, back when baseball was a winter sport in Australia, many of our Sheffield Shield and Test cricketers played it to hone their skills and develop new techniques during the off-season.

All Hills clubs have at least one accredited club official who oversees training of parent-coaches, and who will assist in training schedules, lesson plans, and general guidance. This accreditation involves sports science and world's best practice in injury risk management, as well as knowledge of the game itself.

Together with clinics run by Hills itself for both players and coaches, your child is in good hands.

 

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