Softball Hitting Drills – I Name That Play

January 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: If a hitter expects to execute a game, one needs to practice those plays beforehand. It’s very important to practice different game situations because it’s easier for players to recall and execute a play when done during practice. These are good coaching softball tips for fall.

Procedure: You will be needed a Pitching machine, batting cage, bats, balls and helmets. Simulate the many offensive strategies while batting against a pitching machine. Each discipline may call for a different batting grip, body alignment, position in the batter’s box, and strength of swing. Use the following strategy. Progress in numerical order.

Sacrifice Bunt: Bunt a strike away from the pitcher,

Drag Sunt: Bunt a strike close to the foul line.

Squeeze Bunt: Bunt any pitch on the ground.

Hit-and-Run: Swing down at any pitch, and hit it on the ground.

Move the Runner to next base: Hit a strike to the right side.

Sacrifice Fly: Loft a ball to the outfield.

Line Drive: Rip a strike up the middle.

Try this game (older players) with a verbal command (particular play) just as the ball is pitched shout out from between the pitching machine wheels. The batter must be quiet and decisive just as in a regular game. If a batter is unsuccessful in executing a play, the next person hits. You can also perform “Name That Play against a live pitcher. With hitting groups in the cage, have three stations; 1) live batting with the above scenario, 2) deciphering offensive signals from a coach (say what was called), and 3) standing in against a pitcher throwing on the side (no swinging).

Softball Hitting Drills – Donut

August 2, 2011 at 5:14 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: ln honor of the Mariners Edgar Martinez, this activity teaches bat speed in accordance with the “sweet spot.” softball hitting techniques. should be sound to be a good hitter

Procedure: This drill will need a Bat, donut or Bratt’s Bat, and balls. Slide the donut onto the bat. Now use soft toss, the goal is to make solid contact on the “sweet spot,” The donut serves as a guide while building up strength in the hands and wrists. It’s also a great challenge. You can also try this with the Bratt’s Bat (youth length/weight) and tennis balls. Instead of hitting with the donut younger hitters can tape over the “sweet spot” on a regular bat, so they know where to properly hit the ball.

 

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 Hitting Drills – Wait Drill

April 30, 2011 at 6:33 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To learn to wait until the ball enters your strong zone. To effectively hit the ball to the opposite field. <a href=”http://www.softballperformance.com/7-softball-hitting-drills-to-spice-up-your-practices/”>Softball hitting drills</a> are important to better one’s hitting

Procedure: This drill is performed in a short toss situation. Don’t pitch from the full distance, so that the pitcher can more consistently locate the ball on the outside corner. Move the screen up to at least half distance or more. The drill can also be performed in batting practice.

The pitcher will place every toss on the outer half of the plate. You will watch the first few pitches without swinging but yell ”swing” at the exact moment when you must start your swing. Hit outside pitches to the opposite field, Going the other way with the pitch is achieved by making contact deeper in the hitting zone without modifying the swing. So if you want to make contact deeper in the zone, you must still begin your swing early enough to get the barrel of the bat on the ball. After watching a few tosses, you can start swinging to hit every pitch to the opposite field. Use a six-pitch round consisting of three observations and three swings.

The players should discover just how long they can wait before swinging. Don’t permit players to alter their swing to hit the ball the other way. The strong zone of hitting happens when the top arm is bent at contact.

Softball Hitting Drills – See, Read & Explode

April 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: A former major league hitting coach Mike Epstein liked to say, batters need to “see” the pitch just before the pitcher releases the ball, “read” the spin and location of it while en route to the plate, and “explode” at a strike with an aggressive swing at tbe ball. One good softball hitting tip is to act not react

Procedure:  Have bats plus a brand-new regulation ball. First explain “soft” and “hard” focus. While in the batters box the hitter should first “soft” focus on the pitcher’s head and shoulders. Then when the ball is at the pitcher’s hip she should “hard” focus on the ball just before delivery. Have this theory in every live throwing activity.

Now arrange the group into lines. The instructor should face the team, and go through a simulated pitching movement. When the batter thinks the ball is just in front of home plate, she should make a swing. First, pitch in slow-motion for easy recognition. Second, pitch from the wind-up. Third, pitch from the stretch. Fourth, pitch full-speed. Fifth, add in the fastball. See if the kids can pick up the different arm motions. End with a ninth inning, 3-and 2 count, 2-out, bases-loaded scenario.

 

 

 

Softball Hitting Drills – One-Pitch Boom Bat

March 10, 2011 at 7:43 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: A fun game to reward players and involve coaches and parents. A good softball hitting technique to remember is to focus on proper form.

Procedure: Cones, a large plastic bat, a wiffle ball or other large, plastic, easy-to-hit ball gloves. Divide the players into two teams.

Create a large makeshift baseball diamond marked with cones. The coach can pitch the ball overhand or underhand. The batter must swing at every pitch. If the ball goes outside the diamond, the team gets one run. If the ball is caught, goes foul, is misplayed, or does not reach the outside of the diamond, the batter is out. Therefore, every player can produce only a run or an out. The fielders are not allowed to field a ball beyond the boundaries of the diamond. Because the batters must swing at every pitch, each team gets five outs.

This is an easy skill game that players, coaches, and parents will enjoy. Encourage players to swing for the fences, but point out that sometimes the ball travels farther if the hitter does not swing too hard. Coaches should point out that teamwork and peer encouragement are important in this game, usually this encouragement transfers to baseball games. One of the best things about this game, much like home-run derby, is that players with weaker skills can be just as successful as the stronger players. When a weaker player hits a home run, make a big deal out of it to boost her confidence.

A variation especially appropriate for younger players is to use a beach ball and a tee. Players can also run the bases. Shorten the field and play the game like a home-run derby.

 

Free Softball Drills – Resistance Drill

January 3, 2011 at 6:42 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To build strength in arms, wrists, and forearms. Developing strength is important to improve softball hitting.

Procedure: You’ll need a partner and one bat. Take your stance. Your partner will stand to the side with his hands on the end of the bat. As you swing, your partner will resist by pushing against the bat.

The partner can also help the hitter to take a straight route to the ball. Don’t let the batter loop his swing.

 

Softball Hitting Drills – Pivot Board Drill

November 11, 2010 at 1:33 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop complete back side pivoting action. A good strong pivot will lead to powerful softball hitting.

Procedure: A pivot board is needed for this drill. A pivot board consists of a thick piece of plywood (approximately 3 feet wide and 5 feet long) fastened to a border or frame of two-by-four. At one end of the plywood a hole is cut out and the cut out piece is then fastened to a “lazy susan” device. The lazy susan is a bracket (sold at most hardware stores) which permits a complete 360 degree turn. The circle should turn freely. These pivot boards are available at several sporting goods stores or through some mail-order companies. You can build your own pivot board at a much cheaper cost, and with limited skills and effort.

Start with your back foot on the circle part of the pivot board. The ball of your foot will be placed directly on the centre of the rotating part of the board. Take your stride and then hit the ball off the tee or the toss from your partner. Your back foot should turn freely to enable a complete back side pivot.

Softball Hitting drills -Overhead Drop Drill

September 15, 2010 at 11:35 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose:  To improve bat speed. Check this for softball hitting tips to watch for.

Procedure: Place a chair or short ladder in the batter’s box opposite the hitter. Your partner will stand on the chair and instruct you to Stride. Upon complying your stride, yom partner will drop the ball into the hitting zone from above. You must explode your hips to generate the bar speed necessary to make contact.

Due to the difficulty of this drill, I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners they may become quickly discouraged.

Softball Hitting Drills – Vision Drill 2

August 11, 2010 at 1:45 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose:   To improve pitch recognition abilities. Visualization and tracking is  a big part of softball hitting.

Procedure: Number six to nine softballs with a marker. This drill can be conducted in soft toss or live batting practice environments. The hitter will use solid hitting mechanics to make contact with each feed. After making contact, the hitter will call out the number she saw on the softball, (Number the ball several times to increase visibility.)

Since the rotation will not be as tight on soft-toss feeds, coaches are encouraged to use soft toss when first introducing this drill. As players become more adept at seeing the rotation, progress to a batting practice situation. If the batting-practice pitcher throws with a tight rotation on her ball, players may not be able to identify the numbers. Even so, since they’ll be concentrating on the pitch in an effort to determine the number, the objective of the drill-pitch recognition will be met.

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