Softball Pitching Drills – Pitcher’s Lateral Movement Drill

May 26, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Posted in fielding, Pitching, Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To improve the ability of softball pitchers to react and move laterally in fielding a ground ball and to practice throwing to first base.

Procedure: Pitcher 1 is at the defensive position, while pitcher 2 is behind the pitching area. The catcher and first baseman are at their defensive positions. The head coach serves as the hitter and is at home plate. Pitcher 1 pitches a ball. As the ball gets to the catcher, the head coach hits another balls to the right or left of pitcher 1, who fields the ball and throws it to first base. The pitchers rotate positions, and the drill sequence is repeated. The drill continues for as long as desired.

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Softball Catcher Drills – Soft Hands Drill

May 25, 2009 at 12:24 am | Posted in Catcher | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To improve relaxation of the hands for the softball catcher, which helps to develop the soft hands that are required for receiving the ball properly.

Procedure: Catcher 1 will throw tennis balls from 20-30 feet away to catcher 2. Catcher 2 practices giving with the hands when catching the ball.

Softball Catchers - Receiving the Ball

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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