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Smart, aggressive baserunning will change a game, a series, and even a season. It sets the philosophy and mind-set of the coaches, trainers, and players. It becomes instinctual and contagious. It translates to pressure and, most important, wins.
Baserunning is the most complete and authoritative guide on this critical yet often-overlooked offensive skill. You’ll go inside today’s game to learn the techniques and strategies for ruling the basepaths. Discover the secrets to leading off, detecting pick-off attempts, improving first-step speed, avoiding tags, and determining the best counts and situations for success in stealing bases.
But the art of baserunning is more than just speed and swiping bags—it is effortlessly and efficiently rounding the bases, taking the extra base, tagging up, reading defensive positioning, scouting strengths and weakness, forcing errors, and ultimately scoring runs. Only Baserunning covers it all.
With major league advice, skill assessment, the best player and team drills, expert instruction, detailed photo sequences, and proven exercises and routines for speed, agility, and quickness, Baserunning is a must-have for every coach, player, and student of the game.
Part I Basepath Fundamentals
Chapter 1 More Than Speed
Chapter 2 Sliding
Chapter 3 Leading Off
Part II Running the Bases
Chapter 4 Breaking From the Box
Chapter 5 Infield Grounders
Chapter 6 Outfield Flies
Part III Base Stealing
Chapter 7 Stealing Second Base
Chapter 8 Stealing Third Base
Chapter 9 Stealing Home
Chapter 10 Double Steal
Part IV Strength and Conditioning
Chapter 11 Developing Power
Chapter 12 Speed and Quickness
Chapter 13 Off-Season Conditioning
“No one knows baserunning, and teaches baserunning, better than Mike Roberts. Even I got faster after reading his book.”
Tim Kurkjian-- Major League Baseball Analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter
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