• Fastpitch Softball Bunting Drills To Help You Win More Games

by Tim Covey

Bunting SHOULD be an important part of your offense. If it is, softball bunting drills will need to be in your “tool-kit” to help your team improve in this area.

If you ever watch the Women’s College World Series (WCWS), the MLB World Series, or the Men’s College Baseball World Series for any length of time you will quickly notice instances where a bunt makes a huge impact on the game. Or a failed bunt makes a negative impact.

It takes practice to do this part of the game well…unfortunately many times the practice part is neglected.

Today I am going to show you a drill that we use almost every day to help our players work on directional bunting. Click below to watch the video and then read below for further learning!  

 

Here are a few things to consider when working on bunting with your team:

  1. If you are only wanting to work on proper bunting technique, then you might not want to use this drill immediately. Using the cones adds one more “layer” for players to think about which could distract them from thinking about proper fundamentals.
  2. Once your players are proficient enough in their technique, introduce the cones to give them more of a “purpose” with their bunts.
  3. To take the drill “up a notch” in intensity, make it competitive. Just be sure to go back and forth in your season between making it competitive and simply working on technique.
    • When you begin to make softball bunting drills competitive some players (those that haven’t mastered the technique) can be prone to getting sloppy as they begin to rush.

Here are a few of ways to make this drill competitive:

  1. Put players on 2-3 teams. Have one coach throwing front-toss to each team. Give the teams a specified amount of time (ex: 60 seconds). Each player gets 1 attempt and then the next player in line goes. Each bunt between the cones is given 1 point. The team with the most points at the end of the time wins!
  2. Use the same format as #1. However, instead of using time, give each team a certain number of attempts (ex: 30 bunt attempts). The team with the most successful bunts out of 30 wins!
  3. Rather than put the players on teams, you can make this one of your hitting stations and make this an individual competition.
    • You can either give the players a goal (ex: 6 out of 8) and a consequence (ex: push-ups) if they don’t reach the goal.
    • Or you can keep individual points and give the top 3 players a reward, etc.

These examples of making drills competitive can not only be applied to softball bunting drills, but also to drills for other areas of the game with some creativity and planning.

While it is important to make things competitive to increase intensity and to put pressure on your players, you also need to have a balance where they are able to work on technique without rushing themselves.

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Tim Covey
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