Touch ’em All is an introductory baserunning drill designed to promote field awareness and familiarity with the bases. Run early in the season for beginning players. Not much to it, run it once and move on!
EXECUTION – Use a diamond with bases or throw-down bases to set up standard basepaths. Place side-by-side cones behind the third base line, if you want athletes to line up for discussion. This is especially helpful early in the season as it establishes that baserunners always start between the side-by-side cones before running the bases.
Action – Baserunners are assigned the task of stomping on each base and shouting which base they are on. First!! Second!! Third!! Home!! …that’s it.
- Huge Stomp – Big jump, loud yell! We didn’t come here to whisper.
- Not Running Through – Athletes do not run through the first base bag on this drill. This simple exercise is intended to teach the athletes the bases. As soon as they are comfortable, add execution (like running through the first base bag).
- Side-By-Side – Start and finish this drill between the side-by-side cones. Might make sense to be “arms-distance” apart from each other too.
- RUN TO BASE
- STOMP ON BASE
- YELL BASES NAME
- HUGE, FUN STOMP
- NO RUNNING THROUGH BASE
- SIDE-BY-SIDE CONES