A fun drill that trains your players how to execute offensive strategies in game-like conditions.
- Split your players into three even teams.
- Two teams fill out the defensive positions while the third team is on offense.
- Write 5-10 offensive plays down on small pieces of paper. For example: hit and run, sacrifice bunt, squeeze play, double steal etc.
- Place the papers into a helmet.
- One player from the offensive team draws a piece of paper from the helmet and shares it with her team. Coach quickly reviews the play with the offensive team if necessary.
- The defensive team is not allowed to know what play is coming.
- The batter and baserunners begin take to the field.
- Coach pitches to the batter and the offensive team executes their play, while the defensive team tries to make an out.
- After each play, the offensive team picks a new paper from the helmet.
- The offensive team gets a point for each successful play.
- After 3 outs are made, the teams switch rotate and repeat.
- Make it easier: Instead of hiding the play from the defense, discuss it openly and practice it at half-speed. Then attempt to execute it at game-speed. • Use soft-toss pitching or a pitching machine.
- Make it harder: Coaches are not allowed to help. Offensive players have 10 seconds to review the play and get into position. • Use live pitching