Squaring your feet up to the pitcher is
an option for a normal sacrifice bunt ...
There are, however, a few bunting and base running tips that apply specifically to the success of the squeeze play. This part of the series is dedicated to those.
Tips for the batter.
Pivot, don't square. In the two previous posts linked above, I offered a couple of options when squaring to bunt. On a normal sacrifice bunt, some coaches want their players to completely square around so that their entire body - including their feet - is square to the pitcher. Others would rather have their hitters just pivot. Both options have merit. However, during a squeeze bunt, the batter should pivot as opposed to squaring all the way around. As you read in Part 3, timing is very important on a squeeze play. Pivoting instead of squaring around takes less time and keeps the element of surprise intact a bit longer.
... but pivoting your hips while keeping your feet
still is better for a squeeze play.
Bunt it where it's pitched. There is no rule as to which side of the field the ball should be bunted towards. Basic rules of hitting apply. If the pitch is on the outer half, bunt it to the opposite side of the field. If the ball is on the inner half, bunt it to the pull side of the field. If the pitch is a poor one (very high, very low, etc.) the batter should just do the best he can to bunt the ball in play.
Look away and adjust inside. This phrase is a popular one for hitters with two strikes. That's because it keeps their weight back and gives them better plate coverage. The same thing applies to the suicide squeeze. It is always easier to prepare for a pitch on the outer half and then adjust to an inside one than it is to look inside and have to adjust to an outside pitch.
Tips for the runner.
Take your normal lead. Nothing changes on a squeeze play in terms of a runner's lead. Anything other than a normal lead off third base and the other team might suspect something.
If your normal lead off third looks like this,
you do the same thing on a squeeze play.
Part 1: The why's and when's of the suicide squeeze.Part 2: Giving and receiving the squeeze sign.Part 3: Timing for the batter and the runner.Part 4: The mechanics.Part 5: Defending the squeeze play