The baton should be held at one end with the majority of its length protruding in front of the right hand. The baton itself is gripped in the V formed by the thumb and index finger. The index finger is wrapped around the baton to hold it firm. In the "set" positionm, the body is supported by the thumb and the other three remaining fingers of the right hand.
As the incoming runner reaches a checkmark, the outgoing runner drives off the forward foot, drives forward the left arm and back with the right arm, turns the head forward and begins to sprint..
Find your checkmarks through trial and error. Work the incoming runner with outgoing runner. Outgoing runner stands in the exchange zone and looks back at a checkmark ten meters before the exchange area. The incoming runner starts 40-60 meters back and sprints towards the exchange zone. When the incoming runner reaches the checkmark, the outgoing runner takes off sprinting. When the outgoing runner reaches the center of the exchange zone, he will extend his hand back to receive the baton. If the outgoing runner runs away from the incoming runner, then the checkmark should be set closer to the exchange area. If the incoming runner overruns the the outgoing runner, then the checkmark should be set further away.
Off the Baton
In sprint relays, the baton is handed off alternately from hand to hand. The number one runner sprints with the baton in the right hand and hands off to the left hand of the number two runner. The number two runner hands off to the right hand of the number three runner and the number three runner hands off to the left hand of the number four runner.