Coach Ken Eriksen demonstrates how a second base runner can read the ball angle off the bat to make smart runs.
The first step is to read the ball angle off of the bat. If the ground ball is heading at the second base runner or to the left of the runner, run to third. If the ground ball goes to the right of the runner, it's important to start with a lead to third base (using the step-step-bounce-bounce footwork) and then assess the situation before running further. While it's important to play aggressively by trying to steal bases, it's critical for athletes to develop field vision and quick decision-making skills about strategic base running.