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Baseball Running is Not Running the 100 Meters

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I have taken some heat about speed and sports posts. The crux of these posts is that we have to stop thinking of training hundred meter sprinters when we are training athletes to run fast. While the techniques and training modes of hundred meter sprinters work great for them, focusing solely on these can ignore the needs of athletes.   With that in mind, today’s post is going to look at baseball – specifically the offensive side of baseball and...

Baseball Players Are Not Track And Field Athletes

In a previous article, I addressed the fact that most athletes are not track and field sprinters and that, as coaches, we may be missing the boat with their speed training when we attempt to train athletes like elite sprinters. With this article I’m going to provide some thoughts on what real-world speed training would look like for one type of athlete, baseball players.   When it comes to sprinting, we normally think of base running. The bases are no...

Position Yourself For Success At First Base

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In baseball there are a number of reasons that we have pick offs at first base.  First, if the base runner has a big lead or is asleep we might get an easy out.  Second, if we do this well we might discourage the base runner from attempting to steal second base.  Third, pick off attempts may shorten the base runner’s lead off first base, making them take more time to get to second and possibly leading to them being...

Baseball Speed and Agility, Part 2

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This post is going to present a series of drills for baseball speed and agility.  Some of these are for offense, some are for defense.  We’ll fit these drills into the bigger picture of the athlete’s training in a future post, for now we’ll just present the drills along with some thoughts on progressions.   Offensive drills   Go Two Purpose: To teach the athlete how to run from home plate to second base. Set up (beginner): Baseball diamond Cone...