When should you overrun first base?

Author's Note

As a child, I spent many muggy summer evenings swatting mosquitoes on a baseball diamond. I played second base, which probably had less to do with my skill and more to do with the fact that my dad, who was also the coach, played that position in his younger days. Don't get me wrong, I was a pretty good fielder and usually knew what to do when a batter hit the ball to me. What got me was base running. I still remember the butterflies I got in my gut while standing on a base and waiting for a teammate to hit the ball. Do I run? Do I stay? If I do run, how far should I go? This was all a little confusing to me. Maybe that's why I ended up playing high school soccer.

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  • Major League Baseball. "Official Baseball Rules." 2011. (Aug. 4, 2012) http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/official_rules/foreword.jsp