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.

 

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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.

Free Softball Drills – Chair Drill

March 10, 2010 at 9:24 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop proper swinging technique, while avoiding an uppercut swing. Constant practice is essential to improve your softball hitting skill.

Procedure: One batting tee, one chair, and a softball. Place a batting tee on home plate or in front of a net. Place the chair directly behind the tee with the seat facing the tee.  Adjust the tee so that it is slightly lower than the back of the chair. The player swings at the ball on the tee without hitting the chair. The chair acts as a blueprint for how the player’s swing should be.

This drill corrects a youth baseball players uppercut. The player should swing with a high-to-low stroke, hitting the back of the chair indicates an uppercut.

This drill is great for individual instruction and can be practiced as little or as much as needed. The player might feel a sting when hitting the chair. Therefore, start younger players off with a plastic bat and ball before progressing to a hardball and bat.


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.

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