Around most baseball fields there is a chain linked fence. On our practice field the fence is 7 feet high and is divided by poles
every 11 feet or so. Choose a three pole section to use as the backdrop for this drill.
The two outside poles are the boundaries for the basis of this challenge. Pick any two fielders (side by side position players such
as third and short really works well) and stand them (backs to fence) about 1-2 feet away from the fence.
Place the hitter 35 feet away lined up centered with the middle pole. IMPORTANT….Be sure fielders stagger themselves so that if both
dive at the same time for a middle ball, the baseball drill will not end in disaster.
Hit a set # of balls at the fence. We usually do sets of 20. Fielder’s objective: Keep the ball from touching the fence within the
set boundaries. Every time the ball hits the fence in fair territory the batter scores 1 point. If the ball is blocked but not
completely stopped the fielder must hustle after it to keep it from touching the fence. As long is the fence is not touched…no points
are scored. Keep in mind the top of the fence is in play so line drives and low pops are legal.
Goal is to have the fewest balls hit the fence in a set number of fungo attempts. I often hit as a fun, coach to team challenge. We
have fun with this and the kids get bragging rights if the coach can’t score off them.