1. Eyes on ball from the pitcher’s hand through hitting zone lets baserunner “read” angle of the flight of the ball for chance to advance on a ball in the dirt
2. Keeping eyes on ball through hitting zone allows for quicker reaction to passed balls and wild pitchers.
3. Keeping eyes on ball through hitting zone allows for quicker reaction and jump when ball is put in play.
1. Always teach your baserunners to expect some sort of action on each pitch. As players move up in levels, stealing bases won’t be so automatically successful and the number of pitches going to the backstop will diminish greatly
2. Teaching pitch angles and independent aggressiveness to baserunners early will pay dividends when it counts as they get older