How to increase speed & steal more bases

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These tips for stealing bases are courtesy of Juan Pierre, the active leader in stolen bases, and I want to thank Dan for the great question about how to increase speed.

Question:

When stealing 2nd base, my first 3 steps are the hardest and slowest. I have very long legs and I feel like Im not moving as fast as I should. Ive watched a lot of video on Ricky Henderson and have tried to utilize the drop step technique. Any other ideas?

Dan

Dan,

Thanks for writing in. I understand where you are coming from, I feel I have the same problem with my first steps when trying to steal second base.

Juan Pierre the active leader in stolen bases was working with me a little this off season and the biggest thing he kept telling me was to stay low on my first few steps.

It is natural to raise your head up when you start running. Fight to keep your head down and look at the ground as you take your first couple steps. Almost feel that there is a bar a few inches above your head when you are taking your lead, and as you take off you need to stay under that bar so you don’t hit your head.

When you come up a little when you start running you lose momentum going towards second base. Remember to stay low, keep your head down, and work on your starts (first 3-5 steps). Good luck and keep working.

Doug Bernier

Doug,

I can already see a noticeable difference in my speed. So simple to fix. Good luck with Minnesota (except when playing the Mud Hens or Tigers)

Dan

May 30, 2013

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Doug Bernier, founder of Pro Baseball Insider.com, debuted in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and has played professional baseball for 13 years. Most recently, Doug signed with the Minnesota Twins in 2013, where he logged time at every infield position except 1st base in 33 Major League games. Currently Doug is with the Twins' AAA team in Rochester, NY

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