Bunting is a huge piece to a team’s offensive success in softball. As important as bunting is, it is one of the most overlooked elements of the game. There are many different types of bunts that are taught in softball. There is the most commonly used sacrifice bunt, push bunt, suicide bunt, and fake bunt. Each type of bunt serves a unique purpose to the offensive success of a team. It’s important that players, coaches, and spectators learn and understand the different types of bunts and the situations in which they should be executed.
Sacrifice Bunt: The purpose of most sacrifice bunts is to move a base runner. It is called a sacrifice bunt because the hitter is sacrificing their own at-bat to advance the base runner to their next base. The expectation of the hitter is to square around early, letting the defense know they are bunting, and doing everything in their power to get it down. Sometimes it’s harder to lay down a sacrifice bunt because when pitchers know the batter it bunting, they will put more movement on their pitch, making it harder for the batter to lay down the bunt. Sacrifice bunts do not count towards a hitters batting average in the books.