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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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.


Softball Hitting Drills – Fungo Drill

November 12, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To   improve the hitter’s bat control.

Procedure: Equipment required is a fungo bat, a crate of softball; the hitters should stand on the grass along the baseline near home plate. He should then toss the ball to himself and attempt to hit the ball to a designated infielder. This softball hitting drill is designed to improve the player’s bat control by forcing him to hit line drives and ground balls to a specific location. If a fungo bats not available, the drill may be done with a regulation bat.

Softball Hitting Drills: Mini Heat Drill

November 6, 2009 at 1:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Purpose: This softball hitting drill is to develop the hitter’s bat speed

Procedure: Equipment required are A protective screen, a crate of whiffle golf balls; a wooden broom handle cut to the length of a bat and a batting cage. A feeder sits on a chair behind a protective screen. The hitter assumes a batting stance approximately fifteen feet away. The feeder throws pitches to each of the batter’s three hit ting zones. The batter should attempt to hit the thrown ball. The hitter should quickly cock his wrists in order to make solid contact with the ball. The drill can be done with the hitter using a regulation bat against either a whiffle golf ball or a softball.

Softball Hitting Drills – Fence Drill

November 6, 2009 at 1:50 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To improve the Hitter’s technique so that his front arm doesn’t exit outward during the swing

Procedure: A player stands facing the fence. To measure the appropriate distance the fence, he touches the barrel of his bat to the fence and holds it parallel the ground with the knob of the bat touching his navel .The player should remember this distance from the fence and assume a hitting stance. He should move through five components of an effective hitting technique. If the player’s bat hits the fence is extending his front arm which is a technique flaw. The player should continue softball hitting drill until he develops the proper technique of keeping his front elbow bent and hands Close to his body as he swings at an imaginary ball.

Softball Hitting Drills – Color Coded Hitting

October 30, 2009 at 12:45 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Improve hand-eye coordination and quicken reaction time in order to consistently hit a variety of pitches.

Procedure: Equipments that are required are Bats, softballs, pitching machine and L-screen, white and yellow dimpled balls and white, yellow and red tennis balls. As a warm up a pitcher flips a ball from each hand at the same time and instructs the batter to hit one of the two balls. For example, “High” for the high pitches, or Low for the low pitch. Another option is to use two different colored balls with the batter instructed to hit one or the other. Advanced hitters can hit at balls numbered from 1 to 3 with the goal of calling out the number on the ball before contact. For the main drill, gather up three different colored tennis balls: white, yellow and red. Set up a close range batting practice session or short toss drill from
behind a screen. The batter should practice a different hit according to the color of the ball White means bunt (e.g. safe color). Yellow means curveball (e.g. caution), so the hitter should try and stay back and hit the ball the other way. Red means fastball (e.g. dead red) so sit back and rip! For further practice, perform a softball hitting drill with the pitching machine using white and yellow dimpled balls. Try hitting the white one and bunting the yellow, Or hit-and-run the white, and hit to the right side for the yellow. But stress the importance of picking the ball up as early as possible. These exercises work on improving hand-eye coordination through concentration from release to contact and the actual grip of the ball at the pitcher’s “L” focus upon release. Remember: Hitters shouldn’t guess. These drills develop instinct and train the hands to react quickly and efficiently.

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.

 

 

Softball Practise Drills – Relay Handoff

October 27, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To teach the importance of squeezing the softball in the glove while running.

Procedure: In this  softball practise drill we need one ball for each line of players,gloves. Divide the team into two (or more) even lines. The first player in each line holds one or two softballs in the glove. On the “go” command the first player in each line runs to a designated area, turns around, and runs backs to his line. After running the course the player hands the softball to the next person in line.Each person gets a chance to run with the softball. The first team to finish with the softball securely maintained in the last runner’s glove wins the race. Squeezing the ball in their gloves ensures that player don’t drop the ball in an intense game situation such as a rundown. Coaches may try two softballs per line, instead of just one, to speed up the drill. Runners must hand, not throw, the ball to the next person in line. Players can also run with the ball in their bare hands.

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.

Youth Softball Drills – Bat Size Drill

October 20, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To choose proper bat size and weight so that the batter can hit comfortably.

Procedure: In youth softball drills the selection of bats in various sizes and weights is very important.The player selects the bat that he wants to hit with and holds at by the knob with the arm extended. The arm is extended in front of the player with the bat horizontal to the ground.If the player can hold the position for 30 seconds,the bat size is OK. If he cannot, the bat might be too heavy.If the bat starts to drop or even shake a little in the player’s extended hand, the player should choose a lighter bat.Bat selection is important for softball players of all ages, especially younger ones, because they tend to use bats that are heavier than necessary.

Smaller players should use lighter bats for a quicker swing.Lighter bats also increase bat control.Parents should evaluate different bat sizes and weights for their kids before spending a fortune. Sometimes a $30 bat is just as effective as a $203 bat.Coaches should emphasize the importance of being flexible in bat choice rather than falling in love with a particular bat.

A second technique for selecting a bat is for the player to hold out one hand horizontally. With the other hand, he holds the bat near the end of the handle with the bat resting against his side. The player raises the bal into the same horizontal position as the free hand, without bending the elbow, and holds it for 30 seconds. Not being able to hold up the bat usually means that the bat is too heavy The coach should recommend a lighter bat.

Youth Softball Drill

Youth Softball Drill

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