Softball Defense

In softball, championship teams are built on defense and pitching because these skills win close games.  Very few teams can outscore their opponents consistently.  Good team defense requires practice and all nine players on the field must move in an orchestrated symphony for proper execution that produce more outs and keep aggressive runners from advancing bases.  If you're team is well prepared then you will feel confident calling plays during the game, and you may actually look to take advantage of other team's offensive weaknesses with your defensive strength.

The links below contain a list of regularly occurring game defensive situations.

 

Bunt Coverage:

Towards Third

Bunt to Third with Bases Empty
Bunt to Third with Runner on Base
Bunt to Third with Runner on Third
Bunt to Third with Runner on First and Third
Bunt to Third with Runner on Second and Third

Towards First

Bunt to First with Bases Empty
Bunt to First with Runner on Third
Bunt to First with Runner on First and Third
Bunt to First with Runner on Second and Third

Back to Pitcher

Bunt to the Pitcher with Bases Empty
Bunt to Pitcher with Runner on Base
Bunt to Pitcher with Runner on Third
Bunt to Pitcher with Runner on First and Third
Bunt to Pitcher with Runner on Second and Third

 

Base Hit Coverage:

Left Field

Base Hit to Left with Bases Empty
Base Hit to Left with Runner(s) on First (and Third)
Base Hit to Left with Runners on First and Second (or Loaded)
Base Hit to Left with Runner(s) on Second or Second and Third

Center Field

Base Hit to Center with Bases Empty
Base Hit to Center with Runner(s) on First (and Third)
Base Hit to Center with Runners on First and Second (or Loaded)
Base Hit to Center with Runner(s) on Second or Second and Third

Right Field

Base Hit to Right with Bases Empty
Base Hit to Right with Runner(s) on First (and Third)
Base Hit to Right with Runners on First and Second (or Loaded)
Base Hit to Right with Runner(s) on Second or Second and Third

 

Double and Triple Coverage:

Left Field Line

Double or Triple to Left Field Line with Bases Empty
Double or Triple to Left Field Line with Runner on Base

Left Center Field

Double or Triple to Left Center Gap with Bases Empty
Double or Triple to Left Center Gap with Runner on Base

Right Center Field

Double or Triple to Right Center Gap with Bases Empty
Double or Triple to Right Center Gap with Runner on Base

Right Field Line

Double or Triple to Right Field Line with Bases Empty
Double or Triple Down Right Field Line with Runner on Base

 

Fly Ball Coverage:

Fly Ball Fielding Priority

Infield Fly Ball

Infield Fly on the Left Side
Infield Fly in the Middle
Infield Fly on the Right Side

Left Field Fly Ball

Outfield Fly to Left with Bases Empty
Outfield Fly to Left with Runner on First
Outfield Fly to Left with Runner on Second
Outfield Fly to Left with Runner on Third

Center Field Fly Ball

Outfield Fly to Center with Bases Empty
Outfield Fly to Center with Runner on First
Outfield Fly to Center with Runner on Second
Outfield Fly to Center with Runner on Third

Right Field Fly Ball

Outfield Fly to Right with Bases Empty
Outfield Fly to Right with Runner on First
Outfield Fly to Right with Runner on Second
Outfield Fly to Right with Runner on Third