First Third Double Steal ~ Shut Em Down With Confidence!
The first, third double steal is one of the most exciting plays in baseball.
As soon as the runner breaks from first base, an amazing sequence of events begin to unfold.
The outcome of the play will be determined by the speed and confidence with which each team goes about it's skills.
A much simpler play for the offense to execute, the defense must be near perfect to neutralize what the offense is attempting to do.
Let's look inside this situation and see what it takes defensively, to shut it down.
A Look Inside The Offensive Thought Process For This Play
The reasons for using the double steal vary as the game situation changes.
What they can accomplish:
What Does The Defense Need To Prepare For?
Back in the 80's, NFL films did a special on coaches. In one of the segments they had a running bunch of sound bites, where coaches were yelling instructions out to players on the field.
All from random games, they started with one coach yelling watch for the draw, then another watch for the screen, yet another watch for the bomb. After 8 to 10 of these instructions, the last coaches comment was, watch for everything!
That is exactly what the defense needs to do to stop the first third, double steal ~ Watch Everything!
A list of what the offense can send your way:
Runner on first gets a jump and goes, stopping short of 2B to create a rundown situation, attempting to score the runner from 3B.
Extended lead to draw a pickoff throw, then runner goes hard to second. Runner on third attempts to score on the long throw from the first baseman to the shortstop.
We Know What The Offense Can Do ~ How Does The Defense Stop Them?
The secrets to defending this situation are decisiveness and confidence.
Confidence is achieved from having an organized plan to handle all the possibilities within this situation that may arise.
Acting decisively is a by-product of quality repetitions in practice, against those very same possibilities.
When the offense runs it in a game, the repetitions taken in practice will allow the players to act quickly and decisively to neutralize the threat.
First And Third Double Steal Tips ~ From the Dugout
Success Is Not The Absence Of Problems But The Ability To Deal With Them Successfully!
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