This is the fourth in a series of training videos presented by SKLZ.com. Each Monday the Training Tip of the Week will focus on a specific aspect of baseball training to help you become a better player, from hitting to pitching to baserunning to defense. Our fourth video focuses on some of the things players can work on to improve their basestealing. To see all of the videos in the Training Tip of the Week series just go to BaseballAmerica.com/t/SKLZTTOW
Basestealing is a skill that seems to come in and out of vogue depending on the type of baseball being played at a particular time, but a player who can steal bases a high percentage of the time never goes out of style.
In this week’s SKLZ Training Tip of the Week, University of San Diego coach Rich Hill talks to players about what to do once they have taken their lead off first base, to most effectively get themselves to second. Hill has been the head coach at USD since 1999, following successful stints and the University of San Francisco and California Lutheran. He played at Cal Lutheran and for one season in the Cardinals organization before beginning his coaching career.
Hill emphasizes that while successful basestealers employ a variety of styles, their common trait is that they get moving in the direction of second base as quickly as possible. So the focus should be on building momentum in that direction, not developing picture-perfect mechanics.
“Don’t worry about your arms,” Hill says in the video. “Concentrate on your push and on getting a very good first step.”
Hill also discusses how basestealers can sharpen their focus on the movements on pitchers to know when to take off.
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