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.

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Fun Softball Drills – Rip

July 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Create a fast-moving hit-and-run game in the gymnasium. Fielders better be awake for those “rips” right at them and the ricochets off of the walls. Offensive plays should be part of practice so we can start making things happen during games.

Procedure: This drill will need tennis balls, bats, gloves, helmets, and pitching screen.  Start by providing a brief instruction of the hit-and-run play; swing at anything, use a shorter swing, and aim to hit ground balls to the opposite field. To start the drill have one batter at a time (standing in front of a wall) with a pitcher standing behind the screen near the middle of the gym. No catchers. Scatter all fielders behind the pitcher. Expect all types of pitches: fastballs, curveballs, change-ups, and pitches high, low, inside, outside, overland and sidearm. Stress making contact at all times.

Start with seven swings a piece and then rotate. After a catch, roll balls off to the side, or to the vacated area in front of the pitcher. This keeps the game moving along with fielders focused on the hitter. Diving is encouraged. Have a second round when the batter stays up until he/she fails to execute the hit-and-run. Award bonus swings for hits to the opposite field. During the switch of batters (safety purposes) continually yell, “Watch the hitter!”

Youth Softball Drills – Overcoming Batter’s Fear Drill

February 25, 2010 at 12:28 am | Posted in Hitting, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To alleviate a player’s fear of getting hit by a pitch.  This drill can be one form of mental training as well for the players to be tough while on the plate.

Procedure: This drill will need access to a chain link fence, a bat, a soft-covered ball.  A pitcher or coach stands on one side of a fence. A batter stands on the other side of the fence facing the pitcher. The distance between the pitcher and batter should be an approximate Little League pitching distance of 45 feet. The pitcher throws a soft-covered ball into the fence. The batter either swings the bat, or she moves away from the oncoming pitch if she thinks the ball would hit her if there were no fence. The coach should throw strikes and wild pitches to keep the batter on her toes.

This is an effective method for alleviating a young batter’s fear of an oncoming ball. Although we teach players to turn into the ball, they can also bail out of the batter’s box. The point of this drill is to teach the players to handle the indecisive moment when they might ‘freeze” at an inside pitch. By repeating this drill, the batter can learn to decide earlier whether to turn or bail.If the ball looks like a strike, the batter should swing. If the ball comes right at the batter, she should turn into the ball so that, if the fence were not there, the ball would hit her in the back or on the helmet. The proper helmet will protect the player’s head and ear. A proper helmet should fit comfortably on a player’s head. It should also be a little snug over the player’s ears.

Fastpitch Softball Drills – Read The Sign

December 15, 2009 at 2:33 am | Posted in Base Running, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To practice giving and receiving coaching signs. It teaches the baserunning signs, and it lets players get used to timing their jumps on the base path. Baserunning and reading signs should be part of coaching softball.

Procedure: You will need a softball, two sets of bases,  and gloves. Place two bags at each base approximately three feet from each other around the diamond. This allows twice as many players to participate in the drill. A coach stands in the third-base coaching box. The first two players stand on the two parallel first bases. The coach relays a signal to the players. The pitcher pitches the ball to the catcher, and the base runners execute the baserunning skill the third-base coach indicates. The first two runners end up at second base. Two new runners begin at first base.

The signs recommended in this drill are as follows:
A) big lead upon release of pitcher and hold then run to next base
B) steal the next base as soon as the pitcher releases the ball

*The pair of base runners stealing home should be careful to avoid collisions with catcher. Slow down or stop before reaching home plate.


Fun Softball drills – Kick Softball

October 30, 2009 at 12:43 am | Posted in Hitting, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Teach toddlers about positioning, backing up, and some basic rules of the game.

Procedure: This drill is for the age group of 6-8 equipment required is Bases and Soccer ball. Make a softball hitting and fielding team. Draw a three-foot square in the dirt around home plate. A strike is a ball which rolls over this area, and a ball is for anything outside. Have the pitcher roll the ball to the batter at moderate speed. After a fair ball kick, the batter runs to first base. No leading or base stealing. You can also try kicking a stationary ball.

 

 

Fastpitch Softball Drills – Softball Tag

October 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop proper glove technique for squeezing? the ball when running to tag an opposing base runner.

Procedure: In this fastpitch softball drills there has to be one or two softballs in each player’s glove, cones or other props to designate the playing field. Mark off the playing area on the softball diamond. Choose one player to be “it.”On the “go” command the player who is it tries to tag the other players within the confined area without dropping the ball or balls from the glove. A tagged player must sit down. As more and more players are tagged cut, the coach moves the cones in to reduce the size of the playing field and to keep the pace of the game quick. Players should keep their heads up looking at the player they’re chasing and their gloves squeezed tightly as they run with the softball.

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