Line bunting encourages thoughtful placement of the ball and develops fielding and throwing skills.
5 - 6, Skill Development, Game Concepts
Catching, Fielding, Shot Placement, Spatial Awareness, Striking, Teamwork, Throwing
- 1 bat per group
- 1 soft core ball per group
- 1 base and 1 home plate per group
- 1 set of catchers gear group
- 1 batting helmet per group
- 4 players are in the field: a pitcher, 1st base, 2nd base and 3rd base.
- The rest of the players line up in batting order.
- The pitcher pitches to the 1st batter, who bunts the ball into play.
- The fielders field the ball and throw to 1st base, trying to beat the batter.
- Rotate fielding and batting positions after each bunt.
Rotate players in an anti-clockwise direction:
- The person who has bunted runs to 1st base and waits to play 1st base
- The person waiting at 1st base, takes 1st base
- 1st base goes to 2nd base
- 2nd base goes to 3rd base
- 3rd base goes to pitcher
- Pitcher goes to the end of the bunting line
- Players hit or bunt the ball from a batting tee
- To encourage a batter to bunt the ball, place cones 1-2 metres away. This will provide a reference point for the batters.
- Where is the best place to bunt the ball?
- Where is the best place to stand to prevent the ball from getting past you?