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Baserunning: Leadoffs

Before taking the lead off, baseball players should always take signs from the third base coach while standing on the base. But what about when it comes to primary and secondary leads? Here are some key stats and points to keep in mind:

Primary Lead Off 1B:

  • Athletes should take approximately 3 1/2 steps or about 8 feet, depending on their skill and ability.

  • Always keep eyes on the pitcher.

  • When the right-handed pitcher moves his glove side leg, the runner goes into secondary.

  • Left-handed pitchers have more options when lifting their glove side leg, but must maintain a 45-degree angle when stepping toward first base.

  • Left-handed pitchers cannot break the plane of the rubber with their leg lift and pickoff.

  • The pitcher moves their throwing side leg first, and the runner retreats.

Secondary Lead:

  • Take two shuffles.

  • The runner is landing when the ball is entering the hitting zone.

  • The runner does not want to be stagnant.

  • Land on the right leg in order to advance or retreat.

One Way Lead:

  • Take approximately 5 steps or 10 feet.

  • The runner will return to the base without executing a secondary lead.

  • Entice a pickoff from the pitcher.

By keeping these stats and key points in mind, baseball players can better understand how to take effective leads off of first base and increase their chances of advancing to the next base.


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