SIMULATED GAME BATTING PRACTICE DRILL
ooNPURPOSE: To place a great deal of importance on each swing as if in game play. To teach players to look for their pitch.
EQUIPMENT: Balls, Bat, L-Screen
SET-UP: Set up is the same as any regular batting practice drill. L screen recommended.
EXECUTION/RULES: Player steps up to bat and gets one swing, if they do not like the pitch they do not need to swing. Once swing is made coach imagines what the hit would have been in a game. For example, if it was a fly ball, coach would might say, "Fly ball to center field, 1 out." The player gets another pitch, upon result coach may say, "single up the middle, man on first, 1 out." The player hits until three outs are made, then it is a new player's turn. Any swing and miss, or foul, is considered a strike out. Play as many half innings as you see fit.
MODIFICATIONS: This game works well allowing an individual to be their own team as described above, but it is also a great team game. You could easily have a few players/team and after each swing it is the next person on that team's turn. Once 3 outs are recorded, the other team gets to hit. See which team can produce the most runs.
COACHING TIPS: Purposely throw bad pitches to ensure players are only swinging at strikes.
"The simulated game bp drill is such a fun and effective way of practicing hitting. It makes each swing important, just like in a real game."
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