Two other thing about aggressive base running: picking up coaches signs properly and practicing sliding drills. When I coached 10u, many of the girls were tentative to slide into a base. For example, we would do lots of drills trying to bunt a runner from 1B to 3B and many times that requires a slide into 3B. In addition, we always would spend lots of time with the defense set-up and put runners on base during different counts and hit balls to all areas of the infield and outfield, simulating real game situations. There is is no easy fix other than lots of repetition and doing the drills properly, over and over again. When I coached, there never seemed to be enough time to go over all of the skills needed to play the game at a high-level, you just do the best you can...it also helps to draft players who already are aggressive players
Another thing you need to stress to runners -- yes they need to "read" the plays in front of them, but they should be reading ONLY to take another base (for the most part). They should not be reading to STOP from taking the next base, it is on the coach's waving them forward if they are out at the next base.
Two other thing about aggressive base running: picking up coaches signs properly and practicing sliding drills.
"Practice Sliding"!!! So True!!!!
Confidence in sliding, turns into confidence running bases aggressively.
Practicing with a 1B and 3B coach telling them what to do, does not equate into aggressive base running... That is actually the opposite, you are just coaching them to "Do what I tell you to do..." True aggression is player initiated. They see an opening, and take it! Rather than coach it, it's more encouragement. When they are successful, give them high praise. When they make the wrong decision, don't come down on them, but talk through what went wrong, or why that might not have been the best decision... Teams will occasionally make the perfect throw, and a perfect catch, and perfect tag, but many times they don't, and an extra base can be taken.
Also, coach situational awareness... If you are down by 3 in last inning... your lead off batter stretching a double into a triple is not worth the risk... when in the first inning, and it's 0-0 with 2 outs... a runner standing on 3rd with two outs, is more likely to score, than standing on 2nd.
Last edited by wheresmycar; 07-18-2018 at 12:42 PM.
I have heard of a drill where the girl hits and runs the bases until the defense gets her out. It helps them be aggressive and also teaches them their limits. Not sure how well it would work with 10U though.