- Turing the double play from second base is about using proper techniques so that the entire process—the break to the bag, receiving the feed, and making the throw to first—is completed while avoiding the oncoming baserunner.
- Make sure the second baseman is in a proper position to receive the feed: glove hand up, with the throwing hand mirroring, and catch the ball with two hands so the transfer and release are completed smoothly (and quickly).
- There are two ways to set up at second base: 1) receiving the feed with the left foot on top of the bag, allowing the momentum to go through the base before making the throw to first. 2) planting the left foot on the back corner of the back and stepping back from the base when making the throw to first.
- Both techniques are designed to execute the play properly, while also protecting yourself from the baserunner.
- Don’t make a direct move toward the bag. Come around the base, creating an angle with the hips parallel to the shortstop: this will allow for a stronger and more accurate throw to first.