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Effective Scoring Strategies
"BASE RUNNING SKILLS
GETTING OUT OF THE BATTER'S BOX - Hands - instantly release the
bat... Left Leg (right-handed batters) - pushes off... Right Arm -
drive forward as the left leg pushes off... Head - up... Eyes -
forward... Arms - pumping... Strides - first couple are short and
choppy while running on the balls of the feet, the strides lengthy the farther
the hitter gets from the plate.
RUNNING TO FIRST - Running Lane - run just outside the foul line
directly to first base... Approaching the bag - stay in stride, avoid
lunging at the bag... Eyes - stays straight ahead... Running Style
- the hitter runs to first base at full speed always remembering to run through
the bag... On Base Hits - make a slight arc about 15' from the base...
Left Shoulder - drops down toward the base... Foot Nearest the Bag -
touches the bag on the inside corner."
"How To Play Better Softball"
"SLIDING ON CLOSE PLAYS
All slides begin about 4 long steps from the bag.
The hands are always in a loose fist to avoid injury.
STAND-UP SLIDES - The slide's direction is away from the tag. A
runner has an option of missing the bag completely, yet touching the bag with
the hand as they pass the bag. Legs - the right leg bends slightly. The
left foot is positioned under the right knee. .. Body - the runner slides
on their back hip pockets... Hands- use one hand to touch the bag when
purposely missing the bag.
HOOK SLIDES - This slide is excellent for breaking up double plays.
Legs - both legs are bent on the same side of the body. The back foot
finishes the slide by making contact with the bag... Body - lean back in
a reclining position... Hands - in the air as high as comfortably
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In this 8 panel brochure, Softball Parents,
Developmental League Coaches and Self-Coached Players discover these
detailed third baseman mechanics ...
fielding ground balls,
throwing a baseball,
handling screamers to third base,
fielding slow rollers,
catching fly balls,
completing the 5-4-3 double play,
playing cut-off and
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