Build One: Batting Practice
Player One starts at bat and strikes the ball into the playing area. The other players on the team (the fielding players) have to field the ball and attempt to get it back to the tee as quickly as possible. This process is repeated two more times and then the next player (Player Two) goes to bat and Player One joins the fielding team.
Build Two: Race To The Bases
Students now play the full game of Race To The Bases. As a modification, batting players can have the next player in the batting order pitch the ball using an underhand or overhand throw (e.g. if Player Three is at bat, Player Four can pitch). If the batting player chooses this option, they have four attempts to strike the pitched ball. Also, you can add a rule that when the ball is caught out of the fire, play is automatically dead. This encourages fielding players to reflect on their positioning in the field!
Build Three: Babe Ruth
The teacher will now place three spots in the playing area: a red spot, a blue spot, and a yellow spot. The fielding players must now set up with one player at the running base and the two other players standing on two of the three spots. The batting player must attempt to strike the ball in the direction of the open spot.
Once the batting player has struck the ball, the fielding players may leave their positions to field the ball to the running base.
After their turn, the batting player uses the “Striking To An Open Space” to note whether or not the successfully struck the ball in the direction of the open spot.
Players then rotate positions as with the earlier builds.