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Learning Intention

Coach pitch is a modified game of softball that builds on striking and fielding skills. Coach pitch introduces the skill of hitting a pitched ball.

Band Level

3 - 4, 5 - 6, Skill Development, Game Concepts

Content Description


Skill Focus

Catching, Fielding, Shot Placement, Striking, Teamwork, Throwing


  • 2 soft core balls and one bat per group
  • 1 batting tee
  • 4 bases
  • 5 batting helmets
  • 1 set of catcher’s gear


  1. Form 1 batting team and 1 fielding team.
  2. Players take it in turns to bat the ball, which is pitched underarm by the coach or opposition.
  3. The batter runs around the bases while the fielders field the ball.

A batter is out when:

  • A batted ball is caught on the full
  • A batted ball is fielded and thrown to 1st base before the batter arrives
  • A fielder with the ball touches a base before the runner arrives at the base

Change It...


  • Use a larger ball and foam bat
  • Decrease the distance between the bases
  • Each batter has 3 attempts to hit the pitched ball. If the player fails to hit the ball into play, the batter may hit the ball from a batting tee.


  • Where should you stand to field the ball?
  • Where is the best place to hit the ball so you can reach 1st base?