Make Bunting Practice Fun and Exciting
Bunt drills can be boring and cause players to loose interest in learning the fundamentals of bunting. Here are some exciting drills to spice up your bunting practice.
4 CORNER BUNT DRILL
On the diamond have a bunter 8-10 feet in front of each base and a pitcher located 25-30 feet in front of them towards the center of the diamond(mound).This creates four bunting groups in front of each base (home, 1B, 2B,3B)
One player can be a catcher (well behind the bunter so not to get hit) and one fielders can pick up bunts and feed the pitcher.
(If fewer than 12 players, eliminate the catcher or you can have three total groups instead of four. If more than 12 players, add a second fielder).
Bunt Drill Objective:
Sac bunt down the lines
Bunt Drill Progression:
**Bunter must rotate into a sac bunt position on the coaches command and all four (4) pitchers throw on coaches command. Each pitcher will throw a strike to the bunter.
**Sac bunt down first or third baseline.
**After three bunts, bunter hustles to replace the pitcher that threw the ball
**Each pitcher rotates clockwise to the next bunting group.
**Each fielder rotates to catcher and the catcher rotates to bunter.
**The pitcher rotating into the new group then becomes the fielder.
** When the bunter/pitcher rotate they can pick up the balls and roll it or hand it to the pitcher. If it’s a bad bunt let it go. A bucket of balls is place in the center of all four (4) pitching stations in case additional balls are needed.
**Start with 3-4 balls at each station.
**Key: Coach can control the speed of the drill with his commands "bunt position" (batter ready) and "throw" (pitcher throws a strike)
**This is a fun drill and the players will have a good time while working on sac bunts. (Go slow at first to get the rotation down)
**To add to the fun coach can add a verbal by each player when they lay down a good sac bunt (not back to the pitcher)....We usually yell "score" or "good bunt"
**Stop and pick up balls if there are too many bad bunts or if balls are laying on the ground in harms way.
** Players must hustle to the next station to make the drill move properly.
BUNT AND SCORE
Split squad into two teams
Place two orange cones on each foul line about 30 feet away from batters box
Place a second orange cone perpendicular to the foul line and 10-12 feet from the cone on the foul line.
Each team member has two bunts to score a point. One (1) point is awarded if the bunt rolls between the cones on either foul line or hits a cone.
The highest score wins and the losing team takes a lap around the field. Note: Coach usually pitches to make it fair.
**Extra players can help field the balls and feed them to the pitcher (coach)
Alternate bunters between each team seeing which team can score ten points first.
Use second base as home plate. Use white-line spray paint in place of cones.
Spray two foul lines from second base in the dirt towards 3B and 1B.
Spray small shapes (circles, squares, triangles) directly on the infield dirt beginning 20 feet from second base along the painted foul lines.
Each shape, 5-6 feet in diameter, earns points when the ball is bunted inside the shape (it counts if the ball is resting on a line).
For example, one point is awarded in the square, two points in the circle, and three points in the triangle.
Sizes of shapes can vary with the smaller shapes being the highest point total and farthest away from home plate.
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