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NFCA Drill: Hitting/Defense (Posted November 1, 2002)

By Tom Luckett

18-Under Fairfax Firebirds (Va.)

Name of Drill: Screenball or Wallball Drill.

Equipment Needed: Batting tee, ball, backstop or wall.

Explanation of Drill: Divide roster into two teams. Place the tee on the pitching rubber. Defensive team lines up along the backstop attempting to keep the ball from touching it.

The backstop is divided into zones for singles, doubles, triples and home runs. The batter hits the ball off of the tee toward the backstop. Cleanly-fielded balls are outs. Errors are one base. (No baserunning or throwing.) Balls hitting the backstop are awarded bases depending on where the ball hits. A swing and a miss, foul balls, hitting the tee, or balls hit over the backstop are outs. Runners advance the same number of bases as the batter.

Play a pre-established number of innings or amount of time. This drill is a great way to end practice. It can be played indoors against a wall using any type of indoor ball. Reward the winning team by having the losing team clean up after practice or having winning team do only half of the post-practice sprints or by a reward of your choice.

This drill encourages line-drive hitting and promotes defensive quickness. Kids (all ages) really get into it when they're playing for some type of reward.