Play – Ages 4-12

Softball Batter Up

Softball Batter Up is Softball Australia’s national junior recruitment program designed to develop physical and social skills and an understanding of the game.

Softball Batter Up is an eight lesson program targeting children from kindergarten to Year 6 and is offered over four different levels (32 Lesson Plans in total). The program has been designed to be flexible in its delivery and to reflect the individual abilities and experience of each participant.

As well as having access to the 32 Lesson Plans, the trained SBU coach can also design their own Lessons Plans using more than 100 different softball activities. This provides a variety of different activities every week while learning the fundamental skills of the game in a fun, safe and engaging environment.

The  program is based on the Game Sense approach rather than a direct coaching method. The game is the focus and the coach is the facilitator, which allows the participants to learn through discovery with discrete coaching provided through questioning. The coach can make changes to a game or activity to allow for maximum participation and enjoyment.

Softball Batter Up


Do you want to become a Softball Batter Up coach?

Coaches have a very important role to play within Softball Batter Up – a role that extends far beyond teaching the skills of the game. A coach assumes the responsibility of ensuring all participants have a fun, safe and enjoyable experience.

The coaching resources developed for Softball Batter Up are designed to be informative, stimulating, comprehensive and easy to follow. The coaching resources will give any coach the ability to develop creative sessions and provide strategies to keep the participants engaged. Any coach will feel confident conducting a fun Softball Batter Up session.

The Softball Community Coaching Program is the ideal training program. The program aims to develop a network of capable coaches who can deliver a variety of softball experiences, which enhance the health and social benefits of participants. It’s not about winning. It’s not about technique. It’s about identifying and supporting coaches through a well-constructed learning framework. In other words, the focus is not on skills and drills but on the teaching and learning method.

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The program is designed to train coaches, players and the community to deliver Game Sense programs. In particular, it aims to help the community coach understand the basics of:

  • what motivates and engages coaches in delivering activity-based programs, known as the Game Sense approach
  • how to develop activity-based sessions through good planning, efficient organisation and effective communication and coaching techniques that can:
    • maximise the involvement and enjoyment of all participants
    • establish positive relationships and experiences
    • provide optimal development opportunities for participants and their families

To find out more, go to or contact your local club or association to find out when they plan to conduct their next face-to-face course.


Do you want to become a Softball Batter Up provider?

Whether you want to run a holiday camp, school program or an eight week program, Softball Batter Up is the perfect program for you! Providers have access to great resources and support to run the program for children of any ability from kindergarten to Year 6.

As a provider, you will receive a great resource and tools that will enhance participation and enjoyment. Many activities encourage teamwork, cooperation, communication and tactical skills while maximising the participation of children of all abilities and backgrounds.

The key feature of the program is the flexibility in when and how it can be delivered. Register today at and get access to a great national junior program!