Running the Bases -
Benefits of Using Resistance To Improve Base Running Skills
Working to improve base running skills and speed is an essential part of baseball training. One of the greatest benefits of training with leg resistance bands like Myosource Kinetic Bands is that they allow full range of motion so you can work on speed, strength, explosive power and conditioning at the same time you work on your baseball skills. The Myosource Kinetic Bands can help a hitter explode out of the batters box or take off in an attempt to steal a base much quicker. This could be the difference between being called safe and out. When stealing a base your start is everything. Many runners who might not be as fast as others have better stolen base numbers because they are better base runners. So if you are one of those who has speed but maybe not blazing speed, you can become faster and more explosive on the base pads with Kinetic Bands.
Create a start and finish drill with two cones or two bases. Put on the Myosource Kinetic Bands and work on leading off and base stealing. The first key is to anticipate when you will be making your move. A proper crossover step to begin your acceleration and dig phase is the first part to building speed for base stealing. This drill is for the purpose of utilizing the resistance to build speed, as well as improving response time. The second key is to continue driving the legs during your sprint phase of the base stealing process. This drill is primarily for developing a quick crossover step and speed for base stealing.
A hot box situation is a great way to work on quick feet and change of direction while wearing the Myosource Kinetic Bands. Have the runner do this for 2-3 hot box throws with resistance, then again without resistance.
This is a great drill is working on your home plate to first base speed. Best results come from simulating swinging the bat, working on first-step, and working on running full speed all the way through first base at 100%.