Softball Practice Drills – Scream Drill

August 17, 2011 at 3:23 am | Posted in fielding, Outfield | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To practice calling off another fielder on a fly ball. Communication is a good softball fielding tip  to follow to increase “outs”and lessen injuries.

Procedure: Have bucket of balls and gloves for this drill. Place two lines of three players in the outfield, one line in right center and the other in left center, 20 to 30 feet
from each other. Divide the rest of the team into two lines 10 to 15 feet from each other in the infield: one at second base and the other at shortstop position. One coach
stands five feet behind second base facing the outfield. Another coach stands five feet behind home plate facing the infield. Each coach tells the first two in each of his
line to step up. The coach throws the ball between the two fielders, and the player who is the closest to the ball must scream three times, “I got it” or “Mine.” After
catching the ball, the player throws it back to the coach. After each player has had a turn, the infield lines and out field lines should switch with one another.

This drill includes a lot of player movement and noise (communication) , distractions that players must leam to play with. When two players go after a fly ball, a hierarchy
determines which position can call off the other. At the youth level, this must be simplified. Differenl methods work for different teams. Coaches should make sure that
when fielders are finished, they run all the way to the outside of the drill area. The player who is closest to the ball usually has priority.

Softball Practice Drills – Fielding During Batting Practice

June 24, 2011 at 11:11 am | Posted in Outfield | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To de-cleat on every pitch.
To develop a good first step on balls hit to the outfield. To acquire some “live” repetitions. It’s important to practice game like situations when practicing softball outfield.

Procedure: As an outfielder, spend time at your position during batting practice. Do a 10-minute block of “live” repetitions. During this session, treat every pitch as a live situation. De-cleat on the pitch. Try to anticipate where the ball is going to be hit, and work on getting a good jump on the ball. This fielding practice is instrumental in developing overall good fielding mechanics. Put all of the skills into practice: drop steps, banana curls, crowhops, do Or dies, playing the fence, and communication.

Basic Softball Drills – Outfield Fly Drill

March 10, 2011 at 7:40 am | Posted in fielding, Outfield | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop the skills necessary to catch fly balls. Building a good outfield base is one softball fielding tip a softball player should develop.

Procedure: You will need two buckets of softballs, fungo bat, and gloves. Position two infielders, one on either side of second base, a few feet into the outfield grass where they would normally catch a cutoff throw. Set up a line of players in right field and a line of players in left field. One coach stands between home plate and first base. The other coach stands between home plate and third base. Each has a bucket of balls.A parent or coach should monitor both lines in the outfield. A coach, with a fungo bat, hits a fly bat to the first player in the right field line. The player throw’s the ball into the cutoff man at second base, runs along the outer part of the outfield, and returns to the end of the other outfield line. The other coach bats a fly to the first person in the left field line, who throws the ball into the cutoff man at shortstop. The fielder runs along the outer part of the outfield and returns to the end of the other outfield line. The more the coaches or parents are involved with this drill the safer it is for the players. If the ball is angled, fielders should run sideways with their lead shoulder pointing in the direction of the ball. If coaches accidentally ground a bail, the piayers should play it. Outfielders should charge a slow-moving ground ball.

 

Softball Throwing Drills – Elimination

July 11, 2010 at 10:20 am | Posted in Outfield, Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Use this as a competitive game during long toss. Stress accuracy and proper throwing technique, especially the follow through.  Softball fielding tip for all players is to develop strength and accuracy for long throws.

Procedure: You will be needing gloves and balls. One partner stands on the foul line and the other in the outfield. The instructor initiates each toss and designates the location of the outfield group. You can only take three steps before throwing. Receivers must catch the ball without it getting by them. You can scoop the ball. Older groups can only take 1 to 2 steps to make the catch, and must not drop the ball. Keep moving back equal steps when groups successfully throw and catch the ball. Use listening skills such as ousting those groups not throwing on the whistle or call. Eliminated groups (sit down) should act as assisting judges. Change partners each day.

You can also vary the rules by only having up to three steps for the catch. Then try a long distance Throwing contest only. Rotate the throwers and then receivers. See which person can throw the ball the farthest. Also, if a ball gets by a receiver that person must throw from the spot where the ball is retrieved. For safety reasons nuke sure eliminated people watch the action away from the field.

Fun Softball Drills – Train

June 30, 2010 at 9:34 am | Posted in defense, Outfield | Leave a comment
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Purpose: After four-way grounders, assemble “tie cutoff train” in the outfield.  Building a strong outfield is a good Softball Fielding Tips for starting teams

Procedure: This drill will be needing balls, fungo bat, and gloves. Hit fly balls from a foul line to the outfielders in center field. Have one person go at a time. The infielders should form one gigantic “train” from the outfield grass back to the person hitting. Stand in formation along the back of the infield dirt, so you’re not in the “line of fire” Practice cutoffs with each toss. Remember to shade to your glove side, and make tosses to that particular area. With balls coming and going, before throwing make sure that the next person in line is looking at you.

Softball Throwing Drills – Bucket Relay

April 9, 2010 at 8:29 am | Posted in Catching, Outfield, Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop techniques for relaying a softball from the outfield to the infield. Don’t forget to remind the outfield to communicate with infield when Coaching softball

Procedure: This drill will need two buckets of softball, six empty plastic buckets, gloves time. Divide the players into two teams, station, one team and a coach in right center, and the otter team and a coach in left center. Each group has a bucket of hardballs. On home plate, stack six empty plastic buckets into a pyramid. Place one player from each team in the infield.

The teams alternate turns. The coach throws the ball high behind the outfielder, preferably hitting the outfield fence. The outfielder turns, locates the ball, runs to it, picks it up, turns, and throws it to the infielder. The infielder pivots after the catch, and throws the ball toward the buckets, trying to knock down as many as possible. The outfielder becomes the infielder, and the infielder goes to the end of the line in the outfield.

Emphasize these four points:

The infielder waves his hands over his head as the outfielder prepares to throw the ball.

The infielder then makes a target for the outfielder with the arms extended at shoulder height.

The ball should hit the infielder at shoulder height.

The infielder must pivot to the glove side whsn turning to throw. The term “glove side” is used rather than “right” or ‘left” because right-handed and left-handed players turn opposite directions before throwing.

Variation:

Use a garbage can lying on its side instead of buckets. In this case, the infielder must throw the ball into the garbage can after the relay.


Softball Throwing Drills – Long Toss

December 8, 2009 at 2:34 am | Posted in Outfield, Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop arm strength and accuracy. This will help develop good outfielders, check these outfield softball fielding tips.

Procedure: Have one ball for each pair of players  and gloves. Divide the team into pairs. Partners should be of similar age and skill level. Players stand facing each other approximately 30 feet apart. Increase the distance as the season progresses. Each pair has a softball. On the “go” command, one partner throws to the other, and when the coach yells “Go” a second time the partners throw the ball back. Players move back 5 to 10 steps after each pair of throws. Coaches should move up and down the line to make sure players are using correct throwing form, specifically the follow-through. When the players are 80 to 100 feet apart or more, encourage smaller players or those who are not as strong to get the ball to their partner on one bounce. A variation is for everyone to try to reach their partners on one bounce. Then try two bounces.

This drill is now recognized as one of the best methods for stren gth-ening a player’s throwing arm. Players should “crow hop” before throwing the ball, to gain extra power for the throw. The crow hop is a small hop that a fielder makes just before throwing, in order to gain momentum. Coaches should monitor this drill closely and ask if anyone’s arm hurts. Players with sore arms should stop the drill. When they’ve recovered, they can build up strength more gradually.

Variation: Players throw to their partners, as in the standard drill, but if a pair makes a bad throw, that team sits down. The drill continues until just one pair is left.

Fast Pitch Softball Drills – Crow Hop Fly Ball Drill

May 11, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Posted in Catching, fielding, Outfield | Leave a comment
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Purpose:  This drill for softball fielding is to develop the outfielder’s crow hop technique when fielding a fly ball.

Procedure: Standing on the right-field foul line, the coach hits a fly ball to an outfielder who’s positioned in centerfield. The coach switches hitting pop-ups and line drives. The outfielder should field the ball and finish the drill with a crow-hop technique. She may fake a throw or make a throw to a cutoff fielder. When fielding a fly ball with a runner on base, the outfielder should round the ball and square off with their back foot before as they initiate the crow hop.

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