Softball Practice Drills – Infield-Outfield

September 11, 2011 at 2:15 am | Posted in fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Learn a basic pre-game infield-outfield routine. Being properly warmed-up is important before starting a game. You may add this softball hitting warm-up drills. 

Procedure: You will be using balls, bases, fungoes and gloves. Try to work in a lO-minute frame.
Part I: Start with the outfielders throwing twice to each base. First second base, then third, and finally home. Use cutoff people. Pitchers can field comebackers and work on throwing to 1st base. Catchers can be fielding bunts and throwing to first base as well.

Part II: Infielders should start by throwing the ball twice around the infield to each person. Then field a series of grounders. Get on the grass, and throw to home plate. Then throw twice to first base (first basemen throw to third). Work in the catchers at each stop. Next is “One and Cover” where the catcher throws to each base (make tags). Then perform two double plays each. Try a long throw from
deep in your position (use the backhand). Conclude it with a bare-handed toss and the catcher pop-up.

Daring Part II: Outfielders should catch fly balls as a group in center field. The instructor should stand in foul territory with a bucket of balls. Just keep hitting them one after another. Don’t use a cutoff man. After catching each variety (routine balls left and right, over the head, line drive, and shallow pop-up), toss the ball to an open area which is in front of and away from the group.

Part III: During the final infield scenario, line everyone up down the foul line on your dugout side. Exchange glove slaps. During the entire routine, hustle and talk it up. Throw the ball hard. Hit the cutoffperson- Use newer balls for a touch of class.

Youth Softball Drills – Make a Rag Ball

September 4, 2011 at 10:13 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To provide an alternative to using a hardball for some drills. Modifying equipment can help in coaching youth softball to build confidence.

Procedure: Prepare a box of rags, rolls of masking tape. Distribute the rags among the players, keeping one rag to use for demonstration, Tie a large knot in tie center of the rag. Wrap or crumple tie loose ends around the center knot to give the rag ball shape. Wrap the masking tape around the rag. Make sure to cover all exposed parts of the rag. This ball can be used over and over again and is a great alternative to spending large amounts of money on equipment. The masking tape should not be applied too tight. If it’s too tight the rag ball will have too much bounce. Coaches can use these rag balls in many drills, including the Racquetball Drill and the Toss Drill Over the course of the season, the rag ball will get worn out. Instead of throwing it out, simply apply more layers of tape on top of the existing layers. Some coaches may want to use old newspaper as an allernative to rags. This works well however, additional masking tape is necessary to give the ball its needed weight.

Free Softball Practice Drills – 444 Game (4vs4vs4)

September 4, 2011 at 10:10 am | Posted in fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To play an actual game with only 12 players. Having scrimmages is a good way to practice when tournament is about to start, this is a good softball coaching tip.

Procedure: Preapre a regular playing field, balls, bats, gloves Divide players into three teams of four players. Each tearn has at least one pitcher and catcher.One team is at bat. The other two take the field. Only two players play the outfield. One of the coaches can play an outfield position. Play a normal game. After the first team makes three outs, the next team is up. After they make three outs, the final team is up. Simulating real game situations is the best way to prepare for competition, the 444 game is a great way to do so. One coach calls balls and strikes behind the pitcher. Each team should have a catcher. If not, stealing might have to be suspended, To keep the game moving at a fast pace, limit each team to one time through its lineup four at-bats. To familiarize players with starting behind the count, start each player off with two strikes (0-2). This game is a great opportunity to try players at different positions.

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