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Baseball Offensive Situations ~ Keep Your Opponents Under Pressure At All Times!

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Baseball offensive situations, use every weapon available to keep your opponents under pressure, at all times!

While it is often labeled as small ball, and sometimes looked at as something to be used only if you can't do anything else, this is a major component to the game.

If a team is ready and willing to use all the weapons available in this situational arsenal, great advantages can be created by the pressure put squarely on all members of the opposing defense.

With multiple options to choose from in every situation, the offense has a definate advantage as they know what is going to be done. The defense has to stand ready for all possibilities and react accordingly.

What makes it even more intriguing, most all of the options in a given situation start out looking the same, making defensive recognition delayed. Advantage offense.

Coaches have the inherent responsibility to creat an offense within which every player on their team has an opportunity to be productive.

Having the ability to play situational baseball provides opportunities for all team members to be offensively productive.

Teams which play station to station, counting on successive base hits to score runs, are generally much easier to play against, due to their predictability.

Provide your opponent with something to worry and think about beyond the current hitter and you are well on your way to creating disruption.

Sometimes it is a little, sometimes a complete meltdown, but always providing pressure.

Ty Cobb 24 years MLB, 11,434 at bats, only 357 strikeouts, the true measure making your opponent play the game

Attack, Attack, Always Attack! ( Ty Cobb )

Offensive Situations ~ From the Dugout

offensive situational options tips ~ from the dugout

  • Sacrifice bunts
  • The cornerstone's of offensive situations

  • Hit and run
  • Get your offense moving with this exciting and aggressive play

  • Bunt and run
  • The short game adrenelin rush

  • Fake bunt and steal
  • A great wrinkle to enhance the straight steal, providing your base runner with a little extra protection

  • Fake bunt and hit
  • An effective way to get the defense to react to what they see, then the offense executes something entirely different

  • Reading down angles
  • Get the jump on pitches in the dirt, take the extra base

  • Special plays
  • Designed to amp up your running game through the element of surprise

  • Safety squeeze, Suicide squeeze, Double squeeze
  • Initially the safest version, yet the most complicated to execute, a few seconds of pure excitement, the excitement of the suicide, with so much more

  • Base running
  • One of the least taught, yet still one of the most important, even in the age of the aluminum bat

  • Stealing second
  • As you step out into your lead, all the feelings intensify as you lock in on that one movement the pitcher is about to make, a movement that will send you speeding towards second base

  • Stealing third
  • Often easier than stealing second

  • Steal home
  • Always exciting and a true defensive demoralizer

  • Double steal
  • Working to keep up the pressure, get two runners into scoring position or possibly score a run

  • Delayed steal
  • Uses the element of surprise, a great equalizer

  • Home to first
  • A full out sprint; remember, hustle never has a bad day

  • First to second
  • Stay in the moment, be aggressive

  • Second to third
  • The base runners first and foremost responsibility is to keep track of the baseball

  • Third to home
  • The exception in leadoffs, as you lead off in foul territory

  • First to third
  • The added skill involved is to pick up the third base coach, then second base, and the coach again

  • 25 ways to score
  • 25 reasons to work hard getting a runner on third base

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