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2 Tryout Hitting Drills for Power & Average

By: Cindy Bristow

Having a great season starts with picking the right team so learn 2 hitting drills designed to uncover your best hitters.

Fastpitch Softball tryout hitting drill for power and average

Hitting is a crucial skill for any softball team so it should be one of the most important elements of any tryout. It’s great your players can hit a ball off a T, but can they hit for power, or average? Make sure you know how to test for both during your next tryout.

While most drills are used during the season to improve our player’s skills we need different methods for identifying the level of those skills during tryouts. Tryouts need to show us a lot of things about players – skill level being just one of those things. We also want to discover who handles pressure well, who listens and can take instruction, who’s a good teammate, and, who has no place on our team.

Our Tryout eClinic – Everything You Need to Know About Holding a Great Tryout – gives you tons of great information, details and forms for holding your next tryout and here’s just a sample of two of the methods we show you for testing your player’s hitting ability. The following 2 Hitting Drills can be done off of live pitching, front toss or a machine and are designed to test your player’s ability to hit for average as well as for power. Place a line of cones around your outfield about 10 feet from your outfield fence or, if no fence, then place the line of cones about 10 feet in from your outfield fence distance. Each hitter gets 20 pitches (pitches, not strikes) during each of these two tests:

  1. Hitting for Average:
    1. Grounders that leave the infield = 1 point
    2. Flyballs that go past the outfield cones = 1 point
    3. A swing & miss = 0 points & loss of 1 swing
    4. Foul ball = 0 points
    5. 20 possible Average points per hitter
  2. Hitting for Power:
    1. 20 additional pitches
    2. Flyballs that go past the outfield cones = 1 point
    3. All other balls = 0 points
    4. A swing & miss = 0 points & loss of 1 swing
    5. Foul ball = 0 points
    6. 20 possible Power points per hitter

If you’re interested in learning more about the drills, schedules, forms, evaluation & announcement methods and more for your next tryout then check out Everything You Need to Know About Holding a Great Tryout eClinic.

Filed under: All,Hitting — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Cindy Bristow @ 9:05 pm


  1. Another couple that we do:

    For power is if the hitter hits a groundball that goes past the cones is worth more than a groundball to the grass.

    Also if the hitter hits a flyball that does not get to the cones = -1 point. This keeps from getting the slow-pitch swinf during this drill.

    Comment by Junior — August 10, 2010 @ 8:55 am

  2. I have couple quick questions regarding this drill. Do you have fielders in the IF?
    Do the grounders for points have to go over IF dirt and hit grass as grounder for a point?

    Comment by Jim — August 11, 2010 @ 6:56 am

  3. Hi Jim -
    You don’t need fielders during this drill but in most cases you would want to make sure the grounders get to the outfield grass in order to score a point. Remember to always adapt a drill for the age and skill-level of players you’re dealing with.
    Good Luck!

    Comment by Cindy Bristow — August 11, 2010 @ 10:01 am

  4. would dividing up the x20 pitches to target specific in out high low areas of the strike zone be more revealing as to a batters dicipline and skill set?

    Comment by laird — August 16, 2010 @ 3:37 am

  5. Sure it would, but remember that this was simply testing for Power and Average. You could set up another test for discipline and pitch selection – simply cut down the # of reps so you aren’t there all day. Sometimes we get too fancy and complicated in something so we lose the clarity of the outcome when we keep it simple. Good Luck!

    Comment by Cindy Bristow — August 16, 2010 @ 10:06 am

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