Coaching Baseball – One Man on Base

This coaching baseball drill will help players develop an understanding of a force out.

What you need – You can start off doing this baseball drill with no fielders or runners, but just explaining to your players what it means to be ‘forced’ to run to the next base.

How this drill works – Put a man on first base, and explain what happens when the ball is put into play – the man on first is ‘forced’ to go to second.  If you start a man on second, explain that the man is not forced to go to the next base, and therefore he must be tagged out.

Once the players understand that, then the coach can move them into a basic play recognition drill when they get the ball and are able to make the play to second when there is a force play on.  You can also put in a situation where there are two men on base (1st and 2nd base) and you can make the fielder decide where they have to throw the ball.

Result – With repetition, the players will learn to understand when there is a force out, and when it isn’t.  The instruction should continue to happen while the players are learning.


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