THREE BOUNCES/THREE STEPS ???? that is perfect !!!To be fair to your coaches it is a progression. Once the team is able to consistently get the easy out at first, then you can move on to trying for lead runners (or if you have consistent heads up players who going to be available for a play at second/third). It generally isn't the throw - it is teaching the players to cover the base quickly so the play can be made. Nothing worse than trying to make a play to second and there is no one at second to cover the bag and you end up getting no one.
There are two drills we use for this
- Three bounces/three steps. General guide for infielders - if the ball bounces more than three times or they take more than three steps then it is VERY unlikely they will get the lead run so take the easy out at first (unless the ball is hit to a force at a base).
- We have our catchers be the field captains for this. They are the ones who can see the entire field and they are the ones screaming out the base the throw should go to ("TWO, TWO, TWO" for example). The team knows to listen to them and they are so loud you don't really have a choice. They even drown out the parents :-)
Maybe this is the season your team is ready for this step.