Softball Practice Drills – Move It

July 26, 2012 at 9:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Purpose: This activity combines the many bunting varieties, baserunning disciplines, and conditioning. Variety of drills must be done when coaching softball.

Procedure: Prepare bases, bats, helmets and balls. Pitch from the mound with one person bunting at home plate. Another three people run from each base. On contact the three runners attempt to advance to the next base. The bunter the sprints to first base. A bunter who misses of fouls the pitch off should run to first anyway. Players advance one base at a time. After reaching home, those runners become bunters and so on. No sliding. All participants should be running bunting at the same time. Move into the next round only after person has bunted and been to each base. Obviously the runners have different agendas as opposed to the bunters. Work individually on the specific disciplines. Adjust to the age levels. Sessions may include:

 

Round 1:

Bunter: Sacrifice (run through first base and turn right after the bag)

Runner at First: Steal of second base (work on a quick first step)

Runner at Second: Steal of third base (take a lead in the base line)

Runner at Third: Squeeze (wait for the pitcher’s front foot to hit the ground)

 

Round 2:

Bunter: Drag (simulate a base hit by making a wide cut to the right)

Runner at First: Hit-and-run (midway down the line make a quick look into home plate).

Runner at Second: Steal of third base (start from a 2-out lead behind the bag)

Runner Third: Score on a wild pitch (sprint from a secondary lead)

 

Round 3:

Bunter: Squeeze (run through first base and semi-advance on an overthrow).

Runner at First: Delayed steal (take second while in the secondary lead)

Runner at Second: 2-out lead (score on “crack of the bat”)

Runner at Third: Score on a sacrifice fly (simulate tagging up).

 

Round 4:

Bunter: Fake bunt (square around bring the bat back; then sprint to first base)

Runner at First: Early steal (go at a left-handed pitcher’s first move to the plate).

Runner at Second: Wild pitch (advance to third while in the secondary lead)

Runner at Third: Safety squeeze (score when the ball i on the ground).

 

 

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Indoor Softball Drills – Crazed

July 10, 2012 at 6:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Purpose: This indoor game teaches aggressive baserunning, the art of the rundown, and force outs. Coach’s would recommend to have rundown practices as a Softball Coaching Tip

Procedure: Have Three gym mats, home plate, rubber ball and bat for this drill. Spread the mats across a gym floor for bases. Each hitter has a 3-and-2 count. The defense must stand around the gym with everyone behind the pitcher. At least one player must be playing each infield position including catcher. The instructor is the pitcher and umpire. Outs are recorded just as in a real game. Runs are scored for each base touched, instead of having to touch all four. The base runner must stay on the bag once the pitcher retrieves the ball (i.e on the rubber) innings end after the third out. There is no limit to the number of runners on a single base. Advancement is voluntary. However, you cannot pass a runner in front of you. A player is safe while standing on a base. Fielders can tag out any runner with the ball (“Indian Rubber” is allowed with a softball thrown below the waist). Force outs can only occur at first base.

Then try this game another way. After a hit, the batter keeps running until hearing “stop”. Innings can last for three batters or the entire offensive team. The fielding team must retrieve the ball everyone must touch the ball and then yell “stop”. After a few times around, ask the kids to think of better ways to work together. They first may have thrown the ball to each person. Then someone may have run around to touch each person with the ball. The goal is for everyone to run to the person who catches the ball, form a circe, and for each person to touch the ball. The hitting team (after contact) could also be scoring runs by sprinting wall to wall. Each touched wall is a run. Instead of running do push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, or anything building stamina, endurance and strength.

 

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