Saturday Secrets to Great Baseball Coaching Small Ball If you have ever been to a girls' softball practice or game, you will notice the great emphasis they put on the bunting game. The bunting game is practiced and utilized in games a great deal. It is not uncommon to see a girls' softball team win games without ever swinging for a base hit. Using the bunting game to put the ball in play, advance runners, and force the defense into defensive decisions is a big part of softball. Because of that emphasis, girls are very adept at getting bunts down, as well as having good bunting fundamentals. Those good fundamentals are often lacking in baseball, even at or especially at the major league level. I am not saying that baseball coaches should employ the exact same emphasis on bunting as women's softball, but they should recognize the importance of the bunting game for advancing runners and winning close games just as much as slugging percentage and hitting for power.
Baseball coaching suggestions: Teach players the importance of the bunting game Focus on bunting fundamentals in practice so every player on the team can bunt Use the bunt to advance runners, especially in close games, whether players want to bunt or not (because many do not want to) Explain exactly what a "sacrifice bunt" means Use the bunt game against extremely tough pitching Be sure the fast runners on the team can bunt for a base hit as this can help their batting average and on base percentage Teach the sacrifice and safety squeeze bunt plays as that can produce easy runs and win games
Bunting Drill It can be boring to have one player bunting and the rest of them standing around line up four or five batters at a time, equally spaced, and pitch a ball to each, one after another. In a short period, each batter can have a great number of bunting opportunities. Learn More About: What is a Bunt in Baseball?
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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