Kicking Placement Strategies

Overview of where to kick depending on who is on base. All of these are just suggestions, change up your kicking strategy depending on the strength of the kicker or various weaknesses of the fielders. If you have a slow catcher, then do not bunt as far. Couple of people in the outfield focused more on drinking? Kick it to them. The following should just be taken as an overall strategy and could be basically boiled down to “kick the ball away from any base that is a force out”.

 

1st          2nd          3rd

Empty     Empty      Empty

Start of a game or nobody has made it to base yet. A slow bunt down third base line will give the runner the most time to go from home to 1st. Be careful not to kick it directly to the third base man, make them run for it to maximize your running time. The ball should be equal distance from the catcher and third base man. Make them both run for it and have to decide who is actually going to be able to get the ball. If your runner insists on kicking, direct them to kick big towards left field.

 

1st          2nd          3rd

Runner    Empty      Empty

Same strategy as empty bases, with more emphasis on making the third base / catcher run for the ball. If you kick it straight to them, then you have an easy out at second. Avoid having the ball go towards first or second. A huge kick to left field is not bad if you have someone that is a big kicker.

 

 

1st          2nd          3rd

Empty     Runner     Empty

No force outs, same strategy as empty bases, gently kick down the third base line. 2nd base runner needs to be aggressive and pay attention to the third base coach. If they throw the ball to 1st to try and get out the kicker, then 2nd base needs to bust ass to third. If they start running as soon as the ball is thrown, they should have plenty of time to get to base since the defensive team has to catch the ball at 1st and then throw it back to 3rd. You also get a good chance of an overthrow to 1st or 3rd allowing a chance at home.

 

 

1st          2nd          3rd

Empty     Empty      Runner

No force outs, same strategy as only a runner on 2nd. This is a better scoring position then a runner on second only. Gentle kick down third base line or a big kick to 3rd or 2nd works as well. As soon as they throw the ball to 1st, the 3rd base runner needs to bust ass to home. If they start running mmediately and have a decent speed, they should easily make it before the 1st base catches the ball and throws it to Home. Be careful of a fake throw to first, make sure they actually throw the ball before you run. The added benefit of kicking towards 3rd is that most teams know that throwing the ball to 1st will sacrifice an out for a run and will sometimes hold on to the ball and give it back to the pitcher instead, giving you a free base run. If you have some outs to spare, having the runner to 1st base go a bit slower will usually tip the defensive team into throwing the ball towards 1st. This will more than likely give you an easy out at 1st, but will give you a score as a tradeoff.

 

1st          2nd          3rd

Runner    Runner     Empty

Force out at every single base. The worst thing you can do is to kick the ball towards third, which would give you an easy out at third and put you back into the exact same base runners for the next kicker without having advanced anybody. This is a great scoring or advancing position if you have a big kicker. A big kick towards right field will allow all your runners to advance and load up bases, possibly get a score if there are any mistakes by the defensive team. If you do not have a big kicker, a decent kick down the 1st base line is another great way to advance your runners. This gets the ball as far away from the third base as you can get. Depending on the accuracy of the kick and the speed of the catcher / pitcher, you can sometimes get on base with this kind of kick, but it will more than likely be an out.

 

1st          2nd          3rd

Runner    Empty      Runner

Force out at 1st and 2nd. This position actually gives you the most leeway in where to kick the ball. Same basic strategy as having only a runner on 3rd with more emphasis of making sure the ball is as far away from 2nd base as possible. The caveat to this though is that if you have outs to spare, a kick towards 2nd will give your 3rd base man time to run in for a score. You want it to land somewhere between Home and 3rd to give the runner from 1st the most amount of time to get to 2nd. Big kicks to left or right are also good. At any point if the ball is thrown away from 3rd base to 1st or 2nd, the 3rd base runner should be ready to bust ass to home for an easy score.

 

 

1st          2nd          3rd

Empty     Runner     Runner

Only first out is at 1st. This is an excellent scoring position. Bunt towards third or big kick to left field. If the ball is thrown towards 1st, then 2nd base advances to 3rd base and 3rd base advances to Home. If they play defensively and return the ball to the pitcher, then you easily loaded the bases and set yourself up for some runs on the next kick.

 

 

1st          2nd          3rd

Runner    Runner     Runner

Bases loaded! You want the ball as far away from home and 3rd as you can get it. Sacrifice the runner by doing a hard kick down the Home to 1st base line if it is a bunter. If you have a medium kicker, do a line drive between 1st and 2nd. If you have setup your kicking position correctly and you have a big kicker, a huge kick to right field will allow you to score one run even if they catch the ball. Two runs if they drop it.

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1 Response

  1. Tanya says:

    Good tips sent it to coaches hopefully they learn and follow these ideas cause we r getting no where!!!

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