The base runner can leave the base when the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. A runner at second base is in scoring position and should be thinking score on any base hit. The runner at third base should never lead off beyond the positioning of the third-base player.
Coaching Points The best setup is to have two balance beams in a cage, one for right-handed batters and one for left-handed batters. Execution To begin the drill, the coach takes a position in front and 45 degrees to the right of a right-handed batter (opposite for left-handed batters). Coaching Points Balance is important to the loading, striding, and hitting that the batter does in this drill.
The drag bunt is an essential tool for a complete slapper. Slappers can do two things to help deaden a drag bunt: slide their top hand farther up the barrel (see figure 2.9a), and bunt the ball on the top 5 inches of the bat (away from the sweet spot). Create a circle with either cones or field chalk around the area where you want the ball to be bunted; the slappers then work on placing drag bunts in that area.