That same concept of getting involved in every play applies to the last of the team situations - rundowns. Rundowns should be practiced repetitively so the infielders make this second nature. Infielders must establish a clear throwing lane for the ball to travel either inside or outside the runner. The fielder receiving the throw should be stepping toward the ball. Practicing rundowns ensures a team’s ability to execute this important concept in big situations. In addition, an ideal rundown is one in which the ball is thrown only once. The receiver should call “ball” at the right time and apply the tag immediately upon catching the ball.

Included below is a full video of the University of Arizona team led by Andy Lopez participating in a rundown drill. Pay attention to their technique as well as how the coaching staff instructs their players.