There are different techniques to taking a first base lead.
As the kids get older, they will need to be more careful. If the pitcher catches you leaning, they can zip the ball over before you know it.
This article talks about 3 key points.
- Pay Attention
- How Far off the Bag?
- Proper Footwork
Paying attention and not getting too far of the bag are important, but the proper footwork can help with both of those.
Here’s a quote on footwork:
[do action=”quote”]I instruct my players to take a crossover step behind the right foot, followed by two sideways steps. This is a good base to work from and the lead can be extended or shortened from there.[/do]