Coach Ken Eriksen shares his tips for a runner getting out of the box and deciding decisively what base the runner can realistically reach. In essence, runners should always play aggressively by creating runs.
It’s critical for a runner to use their vision of the field to determine what base they run to. When the runner hits a ground ball, it’s up to them to quickly see if the ball is going to get past the infielders. If it does, that runner knows she can start circling to second or third base. If not, she knows she must start running in a straight line to first base. Developing hitter vision and decision-making is one of the first skills that should be taught to young athletes.