Softball Infield Drills – Mini D!

March 22, 2011 at 4:48 am | Posted in defense, fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Create a small field with bases about 20 to 30 feet apart as away to explain strategy and certain game situations. It is important to practice softball plays when coaching softball.

Procedure: Drill will be needing bases, balls and gloves. Have nine players take the field with everyone else watching. Rotate each player into the field after five plays. Use base runners at a later time . The instructor (will throw the ball where she wants it to go) can mimic bunt coverage, duties for backing up, cutoffs, double plays, on-deck batter responsibilities, rundowns, pop-ups, offensive signals, first-and-third offense and defense, pickoffs, and pitchouts. This activity is best served just before the start of a season. The main reason for the short field is so everyone can easily hear the instructor talking.


Softball Hitting Drills – One-Pitch Boom Bat

March 10, 2011 at 7:43 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: A fun game to reward players and involve coaches and parents. A good softball hitting technique to remember is to focus on proper form.

Procedure: Cones, a large plastic bat, a wiffle ball or other large, plastic, easy-to-hit ball gloves. Divide the players into two teams.

Create a large makeshift baseball diamond marked with cones. The coach can pitch the ball overhand or underhand. The batter must swing at every pitch. If the ball goes outside the diamond, the team gets one run. If the ball is caught, goes foul, is misplayed, or does not reach the outside of the diamond, the batter is out. Therefore, every player can produce only a run or an out. The fielders are not allowed to field a ball beyond the boundaries of the diamond. Because the batters must swing at every pitch, each team gets five outs.

This is an easy skill game that players, coaches, and parents will enjoy. Encourage players to swing for the fences, but point out that sometimes the ball travels farther if the hitter does not swing too hard. Coaches should point out that teamwork and peer encouragement are important in this game, usually this encouragement transfers to baseball games. One of the best things about this game, much like home-run derby, is that players with weaker skills can be just as successful as the stronger players. When a weaker player hits a home run, make a big deal out of it to boost her confidence.

A variation especially appropriate for younger players is to use a beach ball and a tee. Players can also run the bases. Shorten the field and play the game like a home-run derby.


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.


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