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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Slow Pitch Softball
Prerequisites:
Throwing underhand with control
Purpose of Activity:
To learn how to accurately pitch between 6' and 12'
Suggested Grade Level:
6-8
Materials Needed:
Softballs; hoops; volleyball nets; pencils; & paper
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Set up your volleyball nets and put a hoop on the floor on one side of the net by the service line. On the other side of the net, the pitcher will stand towards that side's base line. You can set up many stations. Be sure the hoops are a safe distance away from each other.

Have students work in pair. Each student will underhand pitch so the ball goes over the net but lands inside the hoop. The net should be set up to a height around 8' to 10' to allow the pitcher the feel of slow pitching height.

Have students take turns pitching. I suggest 5 throws each and then rotate. One student acts as the catcher and either rolls or throws the ball back to the pitcher using safety rules for your teaching space.

Teaching Suggestions:

Students can turn this into a game by alternating turns pitching. The object is to throw three strikes (ball landing in or on the hoop) before throwing four balls. Students take turns pitching either one out or one walk, then switch.

Lower the net or move the hoops to desired distance for success.

Assessment Ideas:

Add a third student to each group to perform skill checks using a checklist for the underhand pitch.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Have a variety of balls for students to use.

Have nets and hoops of different heights and sizes.
Author:
Toni-Ann Murphy who teaches at Herbert Hoover Middle School in Edison, NJ. Posted on PEC: 12/29/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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