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Drive and Drop Start Technique

By Phil Loomis, Athletes' Acceleration, 12/05/18, 12:00PM CST

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The cross-over can also drive an ipsilateral body orientation: talk about an athletic buzzkill! 

Recently I watched a video of three-time Major League Base stolen base leader Dee Gordon explaining how he initiates movement on an attempted steal of second base.

What he described was what he called a ‘crossover step.’ Two things hit me while I was watching Gordon break down his technique. First, I bet he doesn’t actually do that in the game, and second, I bet he has been taught the crossover step to initiate movement on stolen bases throughout his entire career.

I’ll start with my first thought (I bet he doesn’t use the crossover in game situations): After watching Gordon in action, he did not initiate movement with a crossover step.