Large Group (10 and up)
10 minutes or more
To develop the hand-eye coordination needed to hit a ball with a racket.
Before You Start
- Have bases or cones, tennis balls and a tennis/racquetball racket on hand.
- Divide players into two teams.
- Teach the rules of the game and ask the students to explain them back to you.
- Review the concepts of softball and baseball that you are reinforcing through this game.
- Demonstrate the skills needed.
Set up a typical baseball diamond with four bases--first, second, third and home.
How to Play
- The fielding team gets distributed in their positions; everyone is in the field, even if you need to have more than nine players in the field.
- Give the batting team a batting order and line them up in a safe area to the side of the field.
- This game is played following softball & baseball rules with the exception that the pitcher allows the ball to bounce once before it reaches the batter. The batter then hits the ball with a racket rather than a bat.
You are the pitcher and control the play of the game:
- Play starts when you throw the ball underhand towards home plate.
- Play stops when the ball is returned back to you.
Teams switch places when:
- The full team has taken a turn at bat.
- A time limit is reached.
- Three outs are scored.
- Boom Ball: Play with the same rules and boundaries as tennis baseball except the ball being used is a volleyball or soccer ball and the batter uses an actual soft/baseball bat or a five gallon water jug attached to a handle.