A fun, game-like drill that practices hitting with a count that favors the pitcher.

Drill Setup

  • Split your players into three even teams of roughly 4-5 players each.
  • Two teams fill out the defensive positions while the third team is on offense.
Hitters make adjustments and try to reach base facing an 0-2 count

How it Works

  1. The first offensive player steps to the plate, inheriting an 0-2 count.
  2. If he reaches base, he becomes a baserunner and tries to score.
  3. The offensive team gets a point for successfully reaching base, and another point if they score a run.
  4. After a team records three outs, rotate positions and repeat.

Coaching Tips

When facing an 0-2 count, the batters should make the following adjustments:

– Choke up on the bat to increase bat control, and create a shorter, quicker swing

– Wide the stance to reduce head movement and create a more stable base

– Consider moving closer to the plate so you can cover the outside edge of the strike zone. You could also get lucky and get hit by a pitch

– Change your mental approach to focus on seeing the ball as long as possible, and making a short, quick swing