Know what a correct lead is
The point of a lead is to get 2 things done.
- cut the distance from 1st to 2nd
- hopefully pick up the catcher’s signs
Know the situation, be ready for what pitch is coming
Read balls in the dirt
Know the pitchers tendencies and rhythm
Know his timing
Master the secondary shuffle
Know the defense positioning
Make the right turns/Get the right angles
Going from first to third- use your instincts
I’m sure that you would agree with me if I were to say that extra-base hits are far more valuable than a walk or single. An extra-base hit will not only put you in scoring position but it forces the middle infield to play out of position in a sense, it applies my pressure on the defense and pitcher, and if nothing else, it puts the pitcher in the stretch.