A game-like drill that teaches your players to advance runners and put pressure on the defense. Fielders get opportunities for game situation rep.
- Put a full defensive lineup into the field, including a pitcher.
- Coaches or parent-helpers will act as base coaches.
- The remaining players are ready to bat.
- Place runners on base and call out the situation. For example: • Bunting for a base hit • Sacrifice bunt to move runners from first to second or second to third • Squeeze play with runner at third • Bunt and steal • Fake bunt and slash.
- Base coaches signal to the batter and baserunners what to do.
- The offensive executes the play while the defense tries to make outs.
- After each out, rotate a fielder onto the offensive team and replace her in the field.
- Use this opportunity to evaluate your team’s execution on offense and defense.
- Identify the situations they need to work on more and the plays that could be most effective for you in real games.
- Make it easier: Use soft-toss or pitching machines. Practice these scenarios with “dummy defense” – then progress to live defense.
- Make it harder: Use live pitching.