Warm up Drills
Bunting

Putting in a couple of warm up drills as part of your pre-game ritual will pay dividends when you actually need one of your players to drop the perfect bunt in the perfect location during the game.



In order to ensure that your players are confident that not only can they get the bunt down but also place it where you want them to put it will require working on drills that emphasize these factors. To keep things consistent with your regular practice drills for bunting, use a variation of those drills that account for the contained space, but work on hand and eye focus. Below are some examples.


Name of Warm up Drill: Broomstick & Wiffle Balls

Who: Entire Team

Duration: Rotation through the entire team

Explanation: The player uses her broom stick as her bat. A coach throws the regular size wiffle ball relatively hard (overhand), which the player must bunt either down the "first base line" (to her right) or down the "third base line" to her left. Note that this drill will likely be in the outfield or on a practice field, so the baselines are imaginary). The coach should focus on making sure that the player is properly executing her bunting technique (turned at the waste, knees bent, top of the bat even with the top of the shoulders and the pivot hand properly holding the bat with the steering hand in position).

Broomstick & Wiffle Balls Drill


Worked on: Perfecting her bunting technique, bunting to a location, not bunting back to the pitcher. Note that there are also psychological benefits. If the player can bunt a regular size wiffle ball (slightly smaller than a softball) with her broomstick (much thinner than her bat) there is no reason she will not be able to bunt a softball with a softball bat.




Name of Warm up Drill: Broomstick & golf ball size wiffle balls

Who: Entire Team

Duration: Rotation through the entire team

Explanation: This drill is essentially the same as the previous drill, except now the golf ball size wiffle balls are used. The player uses her broom stick as her bat. A coach throws the golf ball size wiffle ball relatively hard (overhand), which the player must bunt either down the "first base line" (to her right) or down the "third base line" to her left. Note that this drill will likely be in the outfield or on a practice field, so the baselines are imaginary). The coach should focus on making sure that the player is properly executing her bunting technique.

Broomstick & golf ball size wiffle balls drill


Worked on: Perfecting her bunting technique, bunting to a location, team work, not bunting back to the pitcher, quickness of reaction time. Note that this drill has even bigger psychological benefits. If the player can bunt a golf ball size wiffle ball (considerably smaller than a softball) with her broomstick (much thinner than her bat), which is being thrown at a high rate of speed, there is no reason she will not be able to bunt a softball with a softball bat.




Name of Warm up Drill: Quad-Group Bunting

Who: Entire Team

Duration: Rotation through the entire team

Explanation: The team is broken down into groups of four. As with the above drill, the object is for the batter to bunt the ball into the safety area. Needed for this drill are the golf ball size wiffle balls and the batter's broom stick. This time, however, there are three pitchers. One pitcher is located on the first baseline, the other on the third base line and the third pitcher behind the batter. Give each pitcher half of the gold ball size wiffle balls. The pitchers take turns throwing the ball. As soon as the first pitched ball is bunted the second pitcher throws her ball. As soon as the second pitched ball is bunted, the third pitcher throws her ball (and so on). The object is to increase reaction time of the batter, by rotating to bunt each ball while maintaining her proper bunting form as she spins into the proper location to bunt the ball. Once all of the balls are played, rotate through the four-some.

Quad-Group Bunting Drill


Worked on: Perfecting her bunting technique, bunting to a location, team work, not bunting back to the pitcher, quickness of reaction time.




If you have a few bunting warm up drills that you find particularly effective as game warm-ups and are willing to share, please enter them below. Your fellow coaches will appreciate your contributions.

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