Softball Baserunning Drills – Speed Trap

June 29, 2012 at 5:56 am | Posted in Base Running | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Teach the art of the rundown, and how to act when you’re in a pickle. An important softball coaching tip you should remember would be making sure rundown mechanics are practiced.

Procedure: Prepare fielding gloves, tennis balls and 2 bases. Explain the roles of fielders and base runners in the event of a rundown. Depending on available space and the number of kids, this game can be performed between first and second base, or between each of the other bases. The goal is for the “police officer” (person with the ball) to catch a “speeder” (person in the rundown). The base runner wants to safely reach one of the bases. An elimination factor can be added here by sending people to the “jail”. Those “criminals” include tagged base runners, fielders who collide with a runner, the fielder closest to a runner who has successfully made it back to a base, or the fielder who makes a poor throw. the “jail” is emptied after each completed rundown since someone is always safe or out remember, “speed kills”. Steal as many bases and runs as you can!

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Softball Drills – Shin Guard Shuffle

June 21, 2012 at 8:03 am | Posted in Catching, Uncategorized | 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. It is important to have separate softball drills for catcher when one considers softball coaching.

Procedure: Prepare a 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 basketball tip-off 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 reflect 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: stimulate pop-up

down: simulate a block in the dirt

push-up: do an actual push-up

sit-up: do an actual sit-up

jog: Run in place

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