A fun, game-like drill that practices hitting with a count that favors the pitcher.
- 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.
How it Works
- The first offensive player steps to the plate, inheriting an 0-2 count.
- If he reaches base, he becomes a baserunner and tries to score.
- The offensive team gets a point for successfully reaching base, and another point if they score a run.
- After a team records three outs, rotate positions and repeat.
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