Fun Softball Drills – King Cone

May 24, 2011 at 2:38 am | Posted in defense | Leave a comment
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Purpose:  This is a fun game where kids learn about throwing and catching. Good passing of the ball is an element of the tag play. Game situations should be taught when coaching softball.

Procedure: The team needs four bases, four cones, and soccer ball (bat, gloves, and regulation ball are optional). Make two teams. Place a cone on the outside corner of each base including one on top of home plate. Put a fielder at each base (total of three) along  with a pitcher and catcher. Everyone else stands wherever they want. The batting team has one kicker at a time. A soccerball is rolled at the cone near home plate. After a kick this person sprints around the bases. While this is going on, the ball must be retrieved and passed successfully to the people at first, second, third, and then home. After each catch, the fielder must knock down his/her cone before throwing to the next base.

Outs include the following: 1] A pitched ball which hits the cone at home plate, 2} a ball caught in the air by a fielder, 3) the batter knocking down a cone, or 4) two foul balls in a row. A run is scored if the barter reaches home plate before the ball gets there. Play three outs per inning, or have each player on a team get a turn at bat. For older kids, use a bat, regulation ball, and gloves. After a hit, the ball must be thrown around the infield in similar fashion. This time, after a catch the fielder must knock the cone over in a tag play.

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Softball Throwing Drills – Biathlon

May 4, 2011 at 11:38 am | Posted in Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Just as in the Winter Olympic sport of target challenges and cross-country skiing, this game combines the talents of throwing and running. The object is to throw balls to designated spots while running against the clock. It is important to put fun drills in  softball coaching so players can enjoy while working hard.

Procedure: Stop watch, balls, gloves and bases. Scatter balls feme for each person at the following areas: pitching mound, home plate, first base, second base, third base, shortstop, left field, center field, and right field. Have the instructors or extra players (with gloves on) at home plate, second base, third base, and first base.

At the signal the player runs from each position on the diamond in successive order 1 thru 9: 1 (mound), 2 (plate), 3 (first base), etc. At Number 1, throw to the catcher. At Number 2, throw to second base. At Number 3, throw to third base. At Numbers 4-5-6, throw to first base. At Number 7, throw to home plate. At Number 8, throw to second base. And at Number 9, throw to third base.

Younger kids can throw to second base from the outfield positions. Time limits can vary for the age groups. Make sure the kids run or jog from station to station. An umpire tallies the scores, and has the right to award points even after errors by a receiver. No points are allowed for balls which roll to the target, or draw the receivers away from the bag. Scoring includes.

3 points: Perfect throw to the receiver.

2 points: Throw which is bounced, picked, or scooped by the receiver.

1 point: Throw which moves the receiver left or right of the base.

 

 

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