Softball Infield Drills – Front end-Backhand Drill

August 27, 2010 at 11:11 am | Posted in fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose; To teach the middle infielder how to underhand feed the ball to the back end receiver on the double play. Practicing game situation is good softball fielding tip to follow.

Procedure: This drill will need a crate of softballs and  a base. Position the players in the infield around second base. The feeder should kneel on the ground or sit on a crate in the infield grass. The infielder who will be the frontend of the double play should assume the ready position and await the toss of the ball. The feeder rolls the ball between the base and the front end infielder. The infielder should sprint toward the ball and field the ball on the move. The fielder should clearly present the ball to the backend receiver by immediately pulling his glove away from the ball as he begins to make the feed. He should then use an underhand motion to toss the ball to the backend receiver at second base.

The front end fielder should actually put his glove behind his back as he makes the underhand feed. The frontend fielder should grasp the ball in a manner so that the ball is held firmly. The front end fielder should keep a “stiff wrist” when performing the urderhand feed. The right-handed fielder should use his left foot to step toward the backend receiver, following through with his right foot.

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Fun Softball Drills – Train

June 30, 2010 at 9:34 am | Posted in defense, Outfield | Leave a comment
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Purpose: After four-way grounders, assemble “tie cutoff train” in the outfield.  Building a strong outfield is a good Softball Fielding Tips for starting teams

Procedure: This drill will be needing balls, fungo bat, and gloves. Hit fly balls from a foul line to the outfielders in center field. Have one person go at a time. The infielders should form one gigantic “train” from the outfield grass back to the person hitting. Stand in formation along the back of the infield dirt, so you’re not in the “line of fire” Practice cutoffs with each toss. Remember to shade to your glove side, and make tosses to that particular area. With balls coming and going, before throwing make sure that the next person in line is looking at you.

Softball Infield Drills-Prevent Advance On The Ground

June 21, 2010 at 2:57 am | Posted in defense, fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop strategies for keeping a runner on first base from advancing to third on a ground ball after getting the batter out at first. Practicing strategies and game situations should be practiced when coaching softball.

Procedure:  You will need one softball, a bat, gloves. Place a runner on first base and a batter in the batter’s box. The coach throws a ground ball to an infielder. The infielder, instead of trying to make the out at second base [the runner is too fast), throws to first base for the sure out. The first baseman catches the ball and runs toward third base to prevent the runner at second from advancing. If the runner tries to advance to third, the first baseman stops, plants his foot, and throws to third. If the runner does not try to advance, the first baseman keeps his eye on the base runner and hands the softball to the pitcher while the pitcher’s foot is still on the pitcher’s circles.

Although this drill is primarily for the first baseman, it’s important for the entire team to understand this play.

1. The First baseman must not take his foot off the bag too quickly.

2 The first baseman should go in front of the pitcher’s circles when running to third.

Free Softball Practice Drills – Short Hop

August 11, 2008 at 9:35 pm | Posted in defense, fielding | Leave a comment
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Defensive skills are just as, if not more important, than offensive skills in the game of softball. Defense does indeed win championships and therefore coaches are best advised to get their player as skilled as possible when it comes to the defensive side of the game. This drill, the short hop, gives players a chance to practice softball defense. The drill is proceeded as follows:

Partners stand 30 feet apart with one ball and throw one-hop ground balls to each other. The ball should be thrown in a sidearm style with the ball bouncing once close to the fielder.

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