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Learning Intention

Beat the base is a modified game of softball that builds on fielding, throwing and catching skills and encourages teamwork and thoughtful placement of the ball. It provides a good introduction to softball.

Band Level

3 - 4, 5 - 6, Skill Development

Content Description


Skill Focus

Fielding, Teamwork, Throwing


  • 3 balls per group
  • Marker cones
  • 1 glove per player (optional)


  1. Divide your players into 2 teams; 1 team fields and the other bats.
  2. The fielding teams must start outside the baselines and are not allowed to move until the batting team has thrown 3 balls into the field of play.
  3. 1 player from the batting team throws 3 balls into the field of play then runs between markers placed on the 1st base line at 2, 4 and 6 metre intervals.
  4. Each batter continues to run, each time making a choice of what distance to run to score points until all 3 balls a fielded and thrown to a base.
  5. Each fielding player at a base must have 1 ball thrown to them, stand on the base and hold the ball in the air to stop the runner from running and scoring runs.

Change It...


  • Use a smaller diamond


  • Different players at base, catching each time


How should we stand when waiting to catch the ball?