The Batting Line Up
The batting line up is a basic strategy that has to happen every game. This is my opinion on how you should make it. I am sure there are people that would disagree with me, but I’m the one writing this article. I like the first athlete in the order to be a person who has a high on base percentage and is fast. I also like speed in the second spot, a high percentage hitter in the third spot, and my best power hitter in the fourth spot, followed by a decent power hitter. After that, it isn’t extremely important who bats where unless I am blessed with good hitters all the way through the roster. My feeling is that the players at the top of the order will probably see one more time at bat than the ones at the bottom, therefore, set up the top half of the batting order with the players that are most likely to score your runs.
If you post a clip board with the batting order on it just inside the dugout close to the bats, the players can look to see when they are coming up to bat. This will avoid a lot of distracting questions in the middle of the game.
Again, this is my opinion and if you have a different idea, please tell us about it in the Coaching-Fastpitch Blog. Your input will help this site become more and more informative.
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