- Know the tendencies of the pitcher. Know what kind of move the pitcher has and when he is most likely to use his best pick-off move.
- Know the catcher. Different catchers have different arm strengths, and different patterns. Some catchers love to throw behind the runner, picking them off first.
- Know the game situation the score, the inning, who's at the plate, who's on deck, what the count is, how the dynamic of the game is changed if you steal second or third.
- Have no fear. It is better to be picked off first than thrown out at second. The odds of being picked off first because your lead is too aggressive are far less than the odds of being thrown out at second if your lead is too conservative.
Stretching a Double into a Triple
- Triples are achieved as soon as you leave the batter's box. If you're not aggressive right out of the batter's box, you won't make it.
- Don't worry about the third-base coach. Unless the ball is rattling around in the right-field corner, you have a better view of the ball than the third-base coach.
- Know the position of the fielders, their arm strength, and their tendencies.
- Play defense with your feet. Try to get in front of everything.
- Don't be afraid of the ball. Play the ball, don't let it play you.
- Read the hops. It's like reading a book - the more you read, the more you know. The same is true with fielding a ball. The more hops you can read, the more you know and understand the movement of the ball.