High School Softball – 21 Drill

While coaching high school softball, we would always complete a defensive softball drill called “21” the day before each game.  It is a very simple concept in which you place the starting line-up on the field to begin the first inning.

Using a fungo bat to hit the ball, I would create situations by having the team complete 7 innings and recording 21 outs.  I would always make substitutions as desired and could work on bunt coverages, double plays, relays, sure doubles, etc.  Extra players were used as baserunners as I hit the softball where desired to create a specific situation.

You could make the softball drill last as long as you wanted depending on the number of situations or substitutions you needed to review.

For this drill, I wanted to develop confidence among the players in making routine plays and the knowledge to effectively handle various situations.  The kids loved the drill because it simulated a real game and was very face paced.

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