One ball for eight players; four flags or cones
Players of equal ability are in two teams of four, each team on a 10 x 10-yard square marked by flags or cones.
The fielding team places one player on each base (players A, B, C, and D). On the command “Go,” these players (starting with player A) pass the ball around the outside of the bases and back to player A. The batting team players (players W, X, Y, and Z) stand at the corner of the square near player A. On the command “Go,” the batter (player W as shown in figure 1) sprints around the square in the direction opposite the path of the ball. The batter scores a run if he gets back to the home base before the ball. Each player has one turn, and then the teams change. Any number of innings can be played. If the batter touches the ball or a player when running, he is out.
- Batters should run quickly but also watch where the ball is. Fielders should pass carefully, accurately, and quickly.
- Fielders should aim at the feet of the receiver after making sure to use a first touch that helps them pass efficiently.
- Fielders should try to give quality passes—firm, fast, and with top roll to the feet of the receiver.
- The batters run around the square twice to score a home run (great training!).
- The batters run once around the bases while dribbling a soccer ball, and at the same time the fielding team passes the ball both clockwise and counterclockwise around the bases.
- The batters, instead of dribbling around the bases, dribble in and out of four cones arranged as shown in figure 2. The number of cones for the dribbling team will vary depending on the ability of your players.