Danish LongballFocus Skills: Running Bases · Scoring A Run · Strategically Hitting The Ball
Divide the class into two teams with one team starting at bat and one team starting in the field.
The first player from the batting line advances to the batting line.
The second player in line from the batting team will act as the pitcher.
The batting player attempts to strike the ball into the playing field (and in front of the batting line or else it is a foul ball).
When the ball is struck, the batting player attempts to run to the base and back to score a point for their team.
The batting player is out if: a) the ball is caught out of the air, b) the batting player is tagged by a fielding player holding the ball while in the running corridor (however, fielding players may not crowd the running corridor), or c) the batting player runs outside of the running corridor.
The batting player may choose to remain in the base and wait there until an opportunity to run back to the batting line presents itself (there is no maximum amount of batting players allowed in the base).
Once all of the batting players have had a turn, any remaining players on base are out and the teams switch roles.
Build One: Base Running
Have both teams line up in single lines behind home the batting line. On the teacher’s signal, the teams will run a relay race by having the first person in the running line run to the base and back (they then tag in the next player). The teacher can set a time limit and give the teams a challenge of seeing how many runs they can complete within that time frame.
Build Two: Strategically Hitting The Ball
Play Danish Longball with all of the full rules except that students must throw the ball rather than strike it. Put an emphasis on throwing the ball to an area that will increase the thrower’s chances of completing a run.
Grade Level Outcomes
Strategically Hitting The Ball
Scoring A Run
How do you score a run as fast as possible?
Where should you send the ball to increase your chances of scoring a run?
When should you decide to stay on base?
Have students drop (not throw) the bat after batting
Make sure fielding students do not crowd the running corridor.
Baseball Gloves (Optional)