Dirt Ball Reads

  Posted Nov 01/15 by Shawn Lockhart for Better Coaches

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  • To understand when to take a base when the ball is thrown in the dirt from the pitcher.


  • Baseballs
  • Gloves
  • Fungo
  • Helmets
  • Catcher's Equipment


  •  Place a base runner at each base to start.
  • The coach or player starts the drill by throwing the baseball to home plate.
  • The throw is either bounced in the dirt in front of the plate of thrown for a strike.
  • The base runners must read the pitch to home plate and react accordingly.


  • Baserunners at first base should be able to read the baseball in the air to home plate. If this is done, the runner can leave first and go to second base before the baseball hits in front of the plate.