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Rick Johnston | Aug 8, 2013 7:57:00 AM

The 4 Out Approach to Practicing Bunting, Baserunning & Defense

Often teaching the art of bunting can be tedious and taxing on both players and coaches. Moreover, when players work on the art of bunting they do so in non-competitive situations or situations where there is zero pressure on them. Seldom are players placed under the microscope to get bunts down in practice. Yet, think about when players are asked to bunt in games? YES, they are directed to get bunts down in crucial situations, where the pressure is somewhat intense. So we are supposed to go from no pressure, often lackadaisical bunting practice to perfection in games? There is a gap here that needs to be filled by an element of practice Dr. Rick Jensen has termed "transfer training" - exposing a skill to on-field, competitive conditions in practice. The 4 out approach to bunting accomplishes this not just for the batter, but also for the defense and the baserunner.

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Topics: baserunning, baseball coaching, baseball communication, baseball drills, baseball practice, baseball skills, bunting, bunting practice, bunt defense, suicide squeeze, safety squeeze, transfer training

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