Softball Hitting Drills- No Stride Drill

June 24, 2011 at 11:31 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose:   To develop a feel for the proper weight transfer back to the load position. To practice staying closed. To isolate upper body movements.It is important to have varied drills when practicing softball hitting.

Procedure: Use a tee or soft toss with the No Stride Drill. If using a tee, place it between the feet and high up on the homeplate. If the drill features a soft toss partner, then he should be kneeling in the opposite batter’s box. Shift your weight back to the load position and then pivot to hit the ball. Your weight transfer should also include getting your hands started. Your lower body doesn’t move through the drill, with the exception of the pivot. Even then, your feet don’t leave the ground. Focus on the fundamentals of the swing. On completion of your swing, your weight should shift back to the middle.

Softball Baserunning Drills – Starter

June 24, 2011 at 11:27 am | Posted in Base Running | Leave a comment
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Purpose: This is a timed race where runners receive points for their efforts.Every aspect in softball should be addressed when coaching softball.
Procedure: You will need a whistle, four bases, and for stopwatches. This game is best suited with either stationary bases or with chalk-drawn bases on a blacktop. Try to use four instructions. Pick four random teams and a captain for each. The captain names a runnning order which cannot be changed. Each team then sits down behind one of the bases. At the whistle, the first person in each group runs to the next base. Four bases must be touched. If a base is missed that team is disqualified for the particular round. The instructor (standing together) time one group each. The times are then compared for first place (4 points), second (3 points), third (2 points) or fourth (1 point). Tally up the points after everyone has a run, and declarea winner. Play this game each day during a camp, for example

Softball Practice Drills-Shin Guard Shuffle

June 24, 2011 at 11:17 am | Posted in Catcher | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Catchers need to think of themselves as a banana; the gear is just an outer layer of skin. These drills focus on getting acquainted to the equipment, footwork, hand-eye coordination, endurance and quickness. Softball Catchers have develop themselves physically aside from skills.

Procedure: The drills have full catcher’s gear for each person and balls. For indoor work wear wrestling knee-pads instead of shin guards.Have two catchers face each other while standing in a circle. Use the baskettball tip-of circle when indoors. While wearing full equipment(no mitts;mask is optional) shuffle around the circle while playing underhand catch with the ball and listening for verbal instructions. The toss should refect most of the commands(see below). Attempt to frame every toss. Even the catcher without the ball should perform each command. After each skill, continue on playing catch

Verbal commands include:
Left: Rotate to the left
Right: Rotate to the right
Up: Simulate a pop-up
Down: simulate a block in the dirt
throw: Simulate a toss to second base
Push-up: Do an actual push-up
Sit-up: Do an actual sit-up
Jog: Run in place.

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.

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