We've already see the importance of baserunning for scoring runs. The team with the most runs at the end of a baseball game is the winning team.
In this tutorial, we will learn about the base coaches and how they can help baserunners make decisions on when to run, steal, and stay on base.
We've already learned about the baserunner and how he must touch each base in order starting with 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, and finally home plate to earn a run for his team.
Baserunners are racing against fielders and every second counts. Teams employ base coaches to give baserunners the best chance at getting safe.
Base coaches are members of the coaching staff who stand on the field, in a designated box called the coach's box, near their assigned base, and help baserunners make strategic decisions.
There are two (2) base coaches per team: one near first base and one near third base called the first base coach and the third base coach respectively.
When a runner reaches their base safely, the base coach will often congratulate them on reaching the base, then discuss strategies for baserunning to fit the current situation and/or their skill set.
The base coach must stand within the coach's box at all times. However, this rule has commonly been broken by base coaches in Major League Baseball.