Tags: baserunning, offensive drills, Sliding
Purpose: To develop proper sliding techniques. Teaching sliding basics is essential to coaching youth softball.
Procedure: Prepare three loose bases. Place three bases spaced at least 10 feet apart in a grassy area out in foul territory. Divide players into three lines, one line 45 to 60 feet behind each base. Players should not wear cleats for this drill. (This is a safety precaution.} On the coach’s command, the first player in each line runs and slides into the base. After sliding, the player returns to the end of the line, and the next person in line slides.
When players slide, they must not start the slide too early or too late- depending on their age and size, players should begin the slide when they are about three to five feet from the base.
Players should lift their hands over their heads when sliding to prevent hand injuries.
On the slide, the trail leg bends dramatically 45 degrees or even more while the lead leg bends slightly.
Use large sliding mats for indoor practices. Put down a plastic or vinyl tarp on the outfield grass, water it thoroughly, and let the kids take off their shoes and slide on it. These steps reduce the chances of injury, Players slide a long way so that coaches can get a good look at technique, and the players have a great time.
Tags: baserunning, offensive drills, softball baserunning drills
Purpose: To develop baserunning techniques for going from home plate to second base on an extra base hit. Practicing baserunning scenarios is important in coaching softball.
Procedure: This drill will need softballs and gloves. The players line up at home plate. The coach throws a ball, into the outfield between two fielders, simulating an extra base hit. As a fielder is about to field the ball, the coach yells, “Go.” The first player in line at home plate runs to first base, rounds the bag, and turns to second base while the fielder gets the ball and throws it to second base. The next player in line enters the drill. After reaching second base, the player returns home without getting in the way of the drill and returns to the end of the line.
It is important for players to experience as many baserunning scenarios as possible. This increases overall knowledge and appreciation of the game. Players running to first base should pay attention to the first-base coach. When approaching first base on a hit to the outfield, runners should take a gradual loop into foul territory 6 to 10 feet before approaching the base. Runners should touch the inner corner of first base when rounding the bag. This should not be difficult if the player takes the loop into foul territory. A player can be tagged out if he over runs second base. Players should get used to sliding most of the time.
Tags: free softball drills, softball drills, softball practice drills, softball sliding, softball sliding drills
Purpose: To learn the pop-up softball sliding technique.
Procedure: All players are in the outfield in a mass drill formation. The head coach stands facing the group. All players are on the ground in a bent leg sliding position. The players shift their weight forward onto the lead leg and stand up. The drill is repeated for as many times as desired.