Objective: the objective of this scrimmage drill is to get the most out of a game like scrimmage in a relatively short amount of time. All phases of the game are happening a little quicker which requires good focus.
Prior to practice create 3-4 line-ups ( Can use the form below). Within these line ups place players in their primary position, secondary position, and as a hitter once or twice. It’s easiest to put the line ups side by side and plug one player in at a time within each lineup before going onto the next. If you have a large team, then only use 5-6 hitters, and the extra players go hit off the tees for that set, or warm up the next pitcher.
Now, start the game by placing your team on the field and the remaining players are the hitters, etc. A hitting order is also recommended.
The pitcher always starts with a 1-1 count.
There will be 3 or 4 sets of 3 outs or innings. The first set starts with a runner on first, the second set starts with a runner at 2nd, the third set starts with a runner at third. The coach gives signals and the game runs like a normal game, only it is speeded up due to the 1-1 count on the hitter. More runners can be added to create more situations as wanted.
When the 3-4 sets of outs are finished, then the next lineup takes the field, and it starts again.
This provides a game’s worth of situations in about 45-60 minutes. The closer we got to the season, the more we scrimmaged like this.
Another variation is to use a pitching machine and give each set a time limit instead of a set number of outs. Sets of 3 outs are still played very game like with base runners, but due to the pitching machine being used it becomes more of a way to condition the athletes as well as get lots of game like play in. We usually did 4 – 15 minute sets. Keeping score is optional. We used this early in the practice season. (Catcher stood to the side of home plate for plays at home).
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