Basic Softball Drills -Pop-Up Drill

August 11, 2010 at 1:46 am | Posted in Catcher | Leave a comment
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Purpose:  To practice fielding pop-up balls around home plate. This is a helpful softball catching drill.

Procedure: As a coach, you will need a tennis racquet and a few tennis balls. Each catcher will be in full gear. Get them in a crouch position at home plate. The coach will hit a tennis ball straight up in the air. He will decide when to yell “Go” to signal to the catcher that the ball is up. You will attempt to locate the ball, discard your mask, and then field the pop-Up at or above eye level. Because the tennis ball is bouncy, the catcher is forced to use two hands to safely make the catch. The tennis racquet makes it easy to place the ball where you wish.

With older, more experienced players, add a second ball to the drill. Once the ball reaches its height, catapult another ball and have the catcher attempt to catch both of them. This makes the drill more difficult and challenging.

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Fastpitch Softball Drills – Rapid-Throw Drill

April 9, 2010 at 8:26 am | Posted in Catching, Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop quickness and proper catching and throwing techniques. Coaching softball entails practicing all important skills to be ready for any game situation.

Procedure: You will need one softball for each pair of players and gloves. Divide the team into pairs. Kids in each pair should be of similar age and skill level. Each pair stands 25 to 30 feet apart, facing each other.

For safety purposes, make sure there is at least seven feet between each pair. On the “go” command, partners throw a ball back and forth as fast as they can while keeping their throws under control, After 10, 15, or 20 seconds, the coach yells, “Stop.” The players keep track of the number of successful catches they make within the allotted time. Award l0 points for 10 successful catches. After each round, players can move back two or three steps. This game can be played up to any number of points.

This drill teaches young players how to get the ball out of the glove quickly before throwing However, you should reinforce the idea that rushing the throw often results in errors and misplays. Players drop balls during this drill if they try to take the ball out of their glove before they have a proper grip. Also emphasize that players must have control of the ball before throwing. The person catching the ball should present a chest high target for her partner.


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