This weeks drill of the week we will focus on the run down. The run down is a play that can go very wrong or very right in a hurry. Ideally we will get the out in less than 3 throws because as we know, the more throws the more chance for errors
Set up 2 groups of players. One to practice between first and second and one to practice between second and third. there are runners set up between the bases.
The coaches throw the ball to one of the defenders who then begin the rundown. The defenders work to get the runner out in 3 or less throws. When the runner throws the ball to the other defender she peels around in behind the defender that is waiting a distance behind her to take over. The potential confusion at second base acts as a distraction requiring the defenders to focus on what is happening with the other rundown so they do not get mixed up.
Make sure that the defenders do not simply go back to the base they were receiving the ball from and that they close in on the runner so she is not just running back and forth. The defenders need to make sure that they are throwing on the glove side of the base path and not across the base path where they may hit the runner and then allow her to be safe.
Add the baserunning element and see how long they can stay alive without being tagged out.
Add a competition element by having the baserunners belong to the opposite team. The defenders compete against each other to see who can get the out in the least amount of throws.