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 Infield Drills – First-Base Overthrow

June 28, 2010 at 6:02 am | Posted in defense | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To practice the procedure for an overthrown ball at first base. Practicing infield positions is a good Softball Fielding tip.

Procedure : You will need a softball, batting helmet, gloves. Position players at every infield position. They should be in the ready position. Put a base runner at first base. The coach has already placed a softball, without the fielders knowing where, in foul territory behind first base to simulate an overthrown ball. On the “go” command, the base runner takes off for second base. The first baseman finds the ball, then throws it to the infielder covering second base.

This effective team drill teaches players what to do after mishandling the ball. The first baseman must first locate the softball. The shorstop should cover second base. The second baseman should stay out of the way of the thrower. She should direct the first baseman if the first baseman has trouble locating the ball. The first baseman must throw accurately to second to keep from making another overthrow. In this drill, the runner should slide. The shortstop must adjust to the throw to properly tag the sliding runner. The left fielder should back up the infielders at the angle of the incoming ball in case of another overthrow.

Softball Practice Drills – Name That Play

June 28, 2010 at 6:00 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: If a hitter expects to execute in a game, one needs to practice those plays before hand. Being aggressive and being prepared offensively will help in making things happen during games.

Procedure: You will need a pitching machine, batting cage, bats, balls and helmets. Simulate the many offensive strategies while batting against a pitching machine. Each discipline may call for a different batting grip, body alignment, position at the batter’s box, and strength of swing. Use the following strategy. Progress in numerical order.

1. Sacrifice Bunt: Bunt a strike away from the pitcher,

2. Drag Sunt: Bunt a strike close to the foul line.

3. Squeeze Bunt: Bunt any pitch on the ground.

4. Hit-ar.d-Run: Swing down at any pitch, and hit it on the ground.

5. Move the Runner to the Next Base: Hit a strike to the right side.

6. Sacrifice Fly: Loft a ball to the outfield.

7. Line Drive: Rip a strike up the middle.

Try this game (older players) with a verbal command (particular play) just as the ball is shot out from between the pitching machine wheels. The batter must be quiet and decisive just as in a regular game. If a batter is unsuccessful in executing a play, the next person hits. You can also perform “Name That Play” against a live pitcher. With hitting groups in the cage, have three stations; 1) live batting with the above scenario, 2) deciphering offensive signals from a coach (say what was called), and 3) standing in against a pitcher throwing on the side (no swinging).

Softball Infield Drills-Prevent Advance On The Ground

June 21, 2010 at 2:57 am | Posted in defense, fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop strategies for keeping a runner on first base from advancing to third on a ground ball after getting the batter out at first. Practicing strategies and game situations should be practiced when coaching softball.

Procedure:  You will need one softball, a bat, gloves. Place a runner on first base and a batter in the batter’s box. The coach throws a ground ball to an infielder. The infielder, instead of trying to make the out at second base [the runner is too fast), throws to first base for the sure out. The first baseman catches the ball and runs toward third base to prevent the runner at second from advancing. If the runner tries to advance to third, the first baseman stops, plants his foot, and throws to third. If the runner does not try to advance, the first baseman keeps his eye on the base runner and hands the softball to the pitcher while the pitcher’s foot is still on the pitcher’s circles.

Although this drill is primarily for the first baseman, it’s important for the entire team to understand this play.

1. The First baseman must not take his foot off the bag too quickly.

2 The first baseman should go in front of the pitcher’s circles when running to third.

Youth Softball Drills-Road Block

June 16, 2010 at 4:16 am | Posted in Catcher | Leave a comment
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Purpose: This is a great game to work on toughness, blocking technique, concentration and endurance. Softball Catching Drills are a must during training to develop good and tough catchers

Procedure: Catcher will need full catching gear and mitt. Have coach prepare a bat, tennis or regulation balls. Start catcher with dressing in full equipment with or without a mitt. The catcher starts in the squat position behind home plate. Throw or hit balls to the catcher from a close distance away. First pratice blocking with tennis balls for purpose of confidence. The move to regulation balls with easy tosses. Progress to hard throws depending on the skill level. Use rounds of 10 to 20 balls a piece. A succesful block is a ball kept in front within a 3-to-5 foot range which the catcher, in a real game, could retrieve a hold a runner from advancing to the next base. Rotate multiple catchers in and out. Those worthy of being called the “Human Road Block” will be loved by their sometimes wild pitchers.

Softball Baserunning Drills – Touch Base Relay

June 16, 2010 at 2:44 am | Posted in Base Running | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Knock home the importance of touching the bases in this fun race. Baserunning is an important aspect of coaching softball.

Procedure: You will need four bases. Make four equal teams. Have each group standing up in a line behind their own designated base in the infield grass. The formation should look like the letter “X”. At the starting signal, the first person in eachline runs to the next base. You must touch eacho f the four bases, and then sit down at teh end of your line. Each person then moves up a spot. If anyone misses a base, that particular team is eliminated. The first team to have everyone sitting down is the winner.

Free Softball Drills – Four-Way Bunting

June 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Posted in Base Running, Bunting, fielding, Pitching | Leave a comment
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Purpose: This bunting drill includes bunting and pitching techniques. It is important to add practices for bunting when coaching softball.

Procedure: You will need bats, balls, bases, gloves and screens (optional). There will be a bunter at each base and one on home plate (four people total). Four pitchers throw to the four different bunters stationed at first, second, and third base, and home plate. Either use screens as backstops at the four stations or include four actual catchers in full gear. At a safe distance, line up an equal numbers of bunters at each base. The four pitchers should pitch simultaneously. The batters practice their bunting technique (sacrifice, drag and squeeze.) Once the ball is bunted the pitcher should field the ball, while the bunter sprints to the next base (home-1st, 1st – 2nd, 2nd-3rd and 3rd – home). Work on that quick first step out of the box. Pitchers get so excellent fielding exercises in a live situation (no throwing). They should throw from the stretch, and focus on throwing strikes but they can also add in breaking pitches. Coaches can participate in pitching to keep score, track the number of successful bunts.

Fun Softball Drills – Tic- Tac- Toe

June 2, 2010 at 12:15 am | Posted in Base Running | Leave a comment
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Purpose: These agility drills improve footwork, quickness, balance, and stamina. It is important to practice footwork drills when  coaching softball to improve base running.

Procedure: On the gym floor or in the parking lot, set up a rectangular grid with nine spaces. Hop on one or two feet to-and-from the spaces in the grid. Start of by making the letter “X”. Then form the letter “S.” Then form these letters in reverse order. Older kids can be taught a specific scenario and compete against the clock. For a simple drill, hop back and forth over a line. First, left and right. Second, front and back. Then hop on both feet while making a small square box. First go clockwise and the counter-clockwise. Then try it on one foot. Use time frames (30 seconds each). Work hard and try to improve the times each day.

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