Softball Lesson Plan for Physical Education

Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

Are your students ready to play softball? In this lesson plan, students will learn and practice basic skills for the game of softball. Batter up for a fun lesson on softball skills!

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • distinguish the differences between softball and baseball.
  • identify main skills of softball.
  • practice and develop the main skills needed for softball.

Time Length

50 minutes to 1 hour


  • Outdoor baseball/softball field (if not available, use a space that is large enough)
  • Bases
  • At least 10 softball gloves
  • At least 15 softballs
  • At least 5 bats
  • At least 5 helmets (sanitizing wipes or spray to keep helmets clean from one player to another)
  • At least 18 students for full game of softball (if less, try the alternate activities)
  • 10 large buckets
  • Pencils
  • Handouts of the lesson quiz, one for each student

Lesson Instructions

Video Lesson

  • Ask students to discuss the differences between softball and baseball with a partner. Then, discuss as a class what the differences are.
  • Show students the video lesson on Basic Softball Skills.
  • Pause video at 2:38 to review different ways to field a ball.
  • Continue the video to show students some skills needed for hitting.
  • Ask students if they have any questions about the skills of softball.

Warm-Up: Skills Practice

  • Divide students into 4 groups. Students will practice their skills in 4 different stations. Allow groups to stay in each station for about 5 minutes and then rotate until students make it through each station.
    • Station One: Throwing/Pitching - students will practice throwing a ball to hit a target (buckets). Set up buckets a distance of 60, 90, and 120 feet from the person throwing. Allow students some practice pitching the ball underhand as well.
    • Station Two: Running - students will practice sprinting from home plate to first base. Then, they practice running all the bases.
    • Station Three: Catching - students will practice catching the ball in their glove. Practice grounders, pop-ups, and line-drives.
    • Station Four: Batting - students will take turns hitting the ball.

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