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Learning Intention

Progressive coach pitch is a modified game of softball that builds on striking and fielding skills and encourages teamwork and thoughtful placement of the ball. 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


  • 1 soft core ball per group
  • 1 glove per player
  • 4 bases per group
  • 5 batting helmets per group
  • 1 set of catchers gear per group


  1. Players play as 1 team and take it in turns to bat the ball, which is pitched underarm by the coach.
  2. The batter attempts to run around the bases while the rest of the players field the ball.
  3. Once a player goes out, they pick up a glove and join the fielding team at right field and the remaining fielders rotate one place.

Change It...

  • Players hit the ball from a batting tee


  • Encourage awareness of other players
  • Instruct the players to shout ‘MINE’ or their own name when moving to field the ball
  • Make sure all players rotate around in the field


  • Where is the best place to stand to stop the ball?