GETTING OUT OF THE BATTER’S BOX: 3 WAYS TO GET OUT OF THE BOX ON BALLS IN PLAY
Let’s dig into different ways hitters should get out of the batter’s box after hitting the ball.
- Ground ball in the infield – Straight line to 1st base with the player’s eyes focused on striking the front part of 1st base. As a runner it is important to strike the front part of the base to try and gain every second they can. A player that strikes the back part of 1st base loses a few tenths of a second, and that can be the difference between safe and out. After the runner strikes 1st base, the runner breaks down a few steps past the base and turns their head to the right with the intention of putting themselves in position to take an extra base on a bad infield throw.
- Ball hit into the outfield – When the player hits the ball into the outfield they start their line out of the box to begin creating a turn at 1st base (on a ball to the outfield we are always pushing hard out of the box to get to 2nd base). Set up cones about 8-10 feet in foul territory to give the players a visual of not getting too wide.
- Ground ball or line drive that gets through infield – The batter takes a straight line out of the box and when they visually see the ball get through the infield they make a slight banana turn to again put themselves in position to get to 2nd base. The important part of this turn is to initially take a straight line out of the box!