When it comes to third basemen, not a lot of players are comfortable playing behind the bag during defense. This is because it’s not often practiced during training, but Coach Ken Erikson hopes coaches start to incorporate playing behind the bag more regularly - because playing behind the bag allows you to cover more ground.
When teaching your third basemen to play behind the bag, there are two main components to keep in mind:
- The athlete should always be in a firing position so the body can move forward if necessary.
- Don’t react until you know the trajectory and direction of the hit. Then move quickly and aggressively.