Open Access Thesis
Base running (Baseball); College sports;
The problem that baseball coaches face is which base stealing technique is most effective. The purpose of this study is to compare three base stealing techniques (crossover step (CS), jab step (JS), and drop step (DS)) on initial sprint kinematics and steal time in Division I baseball players. This paper will address the stretch shortening cycle (SSC) and its effects, the false step technique, sprinting technique, and acceleration. This research will provide coaches with the knowledge and educate them on which technique provides greater sprint speeds. The method for research was experimental, repeated measures design to determine the effects of three different base stealing techniques on sprint capabilities. The results showed no significant difference between the three techniques (F(4,32)=2.3, p=0.083). A secondary analysis showed that a smaller magnitude of heel displacement during the drop step resulted in faster sprint times when compared to a larger heel drop through 5-m (F(4,100)=16.5, p=0.001). In conclusion, when teaching the DS, a smaller heel displacement resulted in faster sprint times when compared to a larger heel displacement.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services
Division of Kinesiology and Physical Education
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©2016 Sean Boss
Boss, Sean, "Comparison of three base stealing techniques in Division I collegiate baseball players" (2016). Theses and Dissertations @ UNI. 314.