Here are the defensive scenarios your team needs to work on. You can download our full checklist so you can track your team’s progress at the bottom of this article.

Bunt Defense

  • Push, Wheel and Crash
  • With Runner on 1B
  • With Runner at 2B
  • Squeeze Bunt
  • Fake Bunt/Steal
  • Bunts Down the Line
  • Special Plays

Learn More: Coaching Tips for Defense Against a Bunt

1st & 3rd Defense

  • Regular
  • Get lead runner out at plate
  • Get backside runner out at 2B
  • Read runner at 3B and react
  • Early break at 1B
  • Ball four and break
  • Squeeze
  • Fake Bunts

Learn More: Runner on First and Third


  • at 1B
  • at 2B
  • at 3B

Learn more: Developing a Good Pickoff Move


  • Between 1B – 2B
  • Between 2B – 3B
  • Between 3B – homeplate
  • With Multiple Runners

Learn More: Practicing Rundown Scenarios

Pop Ups

  • Priority Near Pitcher Mound
  • Priority Behind Infielders
  • Foul Territory and Fences

Learn More: Popups

Cutoffs and Relays

  • Calling Play – Cut, Cut and Base Number or No Call
  • Positioning
  • Options

Learn More: Cutoffs and Relays

Defensive Positioning

  • Infield In
  • Double Play
  • Corners In
  • Playing Back
  • Concede Run

Learn more:

Infield Defensive Positioning

Outfield Defensive Positioning

Double Plays

  • 6-4-3
  • 4-6-3
  • 5-4-3
  • 3-6-3
  • 5-2-3
  • 1-6-3
  • 3un-6 with tag

Learn More: Tips on Turning a Double Play

Tag Plays

  • Positioning
  • Blocking
  • Glovework

Learn More: Tag Plays

Force Plays

  • Positioning
  • Footwork

Learn More: Force Plays

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