Figured there's probably a lot of great ideas running around out there y'all would be willing to share.
We have "bunt scrimmages" where we break into teams of 9, put a pitcher on the bump and strictly bunt. We have a scoring system that scores each play for the offense and defense. Kids get into it. It's also great for an indoor practice in nasty weather.
We have "situational scrimmages" where we break kids into groups of 4 or 5 hitters, everyone else on D. Each group will hit for a set time in the chosen situation and we'll score it. The one we work most is simply putting a runner at 2b and we count runs. Coach throws from behind an l-screen. Reset set runner at 2b before every hitter. Whoever scores the most runs wins.
Just stuff like that that is a little more competitive and exciting than just the fundamentals (which we hammer, too, don't worry).
*****I'd like to challenge everyone to keep this going all season. If you use some of the ideas comment on how they worked. If you tweak them some way and you thought it was an improvement let us know also. And God knows if you find something new that you like throw that out as well.******