Objective: The RUN portion of the program will measure a competitor's speed in a sprint from the start line, touching third base, and touching home plate. ALL participants will run a total of 120 feet.
The most important thing to remember is that for competition consistency, all competitors complete one turn at third base, and must run the correct total distance (120 feet for ALL). The program standard for the distance between bases will be 60 feet.
Adjusting Base Paths: Youth fields with base paths that are longer or shorter than 60 feet can easily be adjusted to be in compliance by moving the start line. For example, if the bases are 50 feet in distance, then the runner must start 20 feet behind second base toward right-center field, and then can run a straight line to third base and continue to home plate (70+50=120 feet). If the bases are 80 feet apart, then the runner starts 40 feet in front of second base, towards third base, and runs the regular route to home plate (40+80=120 feet). ALL participants will run a total of 120 feet.
- Two (2) bases (bases should be anchored or strapped in place securely)
- Chalk line, cone or base to serve as the start line
- One (1) digital stopwatch
- The competitor will start at second base or the indicated start line.
- He/she will begin from a standing start, and begin running when the administrator yells GO!
- The runner will be timed from the moment he/she leaves second base, touches an anchored third base, and touches home plate. No sliding is allowed.