Once again, here are the key aspects of this technique for stealing bases in softball:
- The runner keeps one foot on the front of the base and one foot behind the base.
- The front foot should be towards the outside edge of the bag to prevent the runner from tripping on the bag on the first step.
- The runner should be leaning forward to get a great first step.
- If the left foot is on the front of the bag, the right arm should be forward (and vice versa) so that the player is in proper stride on the first step.
- The runner will take her first step when she sees the back foot (drive foot) of the pitcher make her first movement.
If you have some players with decent speed, base stealing is a great way to jump-start your offense. But it does take practice to teach your players how to get a great jump off of the pitcher.
Question: Do you teach "steal jumps" differently than the technique described above? If so, how do you teach it? Leave a comment below or over on Facebook!
(By Tim Covey, Founder of Covey Sports)