Indoor Softball Drills – Action Ball

August 2, 2011 at 5:12 am | Posted in defense, fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Stress line drives, being aggressive on a two-strike count, and putting the ball in play. Never watch a called third strike. This indoor game encompasses quick at-bats with balls flying off  the floors, walls and ceilings. Knowing all fielding situations and practicing them is a good softball fielding tip for infielders.

Procedure: Prepare a bat and paper ball wrapped in athletic/duct tape. A diamond can be setup with short distances between each base if base runners are desired. The pitcher throws the paper ball slowly and over-hand from about 30 feet away. There are no home runs; only singles,doubles and triples. The instructor must keep track of “runner” location, number of outs, and score of the game. Ground, rules are set up and play begins. Singles can only score a runner from third base. The hitter has a 2-and-2 count. Ball four results in a new count. Outs Include: (1) swings-and-misses, (2) foul balls, and (3) any ball fielded cleanly off of the wall, ceiling or floor. There are no force outs or tag outs. Batters hit and then must sit down in the dugout. Bench people must sit down against a wall in the assigned batting order. Everyone plays defense.

 

 

 

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Softball Practice Drills – Catcher’s Bunt Drill

September 15, 2010 at 11:36 am | Posted in Catcher | Leave a comment
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Purpose:  To practice the catcher to field bunts. It’s important to put several  softball fielding tip in catching drills to improve catcher’s performance.

Procedure: As catcher, you’re positioned at home plate in full equipment. A coach or another catcher will stand behind you with softballs. Start in your receiving position as if there was a runner on base. The coach or other catcher will toss out a “bunt” to various spots on the infield. You will spring forward and set your feet to field the bunt properly and make the throw. After that or four bunts, switch with your partner. Bunts should be tossed in various directions to work on different approaches.

Concentrate on the footwork involved with fielding bunts correctly. Catchers should be working on developing quick feet. Make sure they keep their masks on while making the throw.

Softball Infield Drills- Infield Square Drills

September 15, 2010 at 11:28 am | Posted in fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To put a lot of ground ball repetitions in a short period of time. To promote good fielding mechanics. Repetition in training is a good softball fielding tip

Procedure: You will need four people to hit ground balls and four people to catch. Also, each hitter will need a good supply of balls. All infielders and outfielders should be positioned at the four infield spots. Catchers can also go to an infield position unless needed to catch or hit.

At the younger levels, try to get other coaches or parents to hit and catch in order to ittpre of your players available to field ground balls. At the older levels, It is important to observe the mechanics and reinforce good habits. You may want to have a reward system for consistent good plays and/or accurate throws, this may help improve focus and concentration throughout the drill.

Free Softball Drills – Paddle Drill

July 16, 2010 at 1:45 am | Posted in fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop an infelder’s hand-eye coordination. Practicing fielding ball hop is a  good Softball fielding tip.

Procedure: You will be needing softballs and foam paddles. Players start facing each other a short distance apart. One player throws the ball in such a manner as to make the ball hop, simulating a ground ball hit to the infielder. The right-handed infielder assumes the ready position and awaits the throw, keeping his left foot slightly in front of the right. The ball is tossed directly toward the infielder who is holding a foam paddle in each hand. The infielder should use the funnel technique on regular ground balls and the push-through technique on short hop ground bails. The funnel technique involves the infielder cushioning the impact of the ball as it hits the hands. The push-through technique involves the infielder catering the ball by pushing his glove forward through the ball as he points the fingers downward.

The players should strive to make the catch without making any noise. The drill maybe run with hitting softballs using fungo bats to the infielders from home plate.

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 Drills – Four-Way Bunting

June 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Posted in Base Running, Bunting, fielding, Pitching | Leave a comment
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Purpose: This bunting drill includes bunting and pitching techniques. It is important to add practices for bunting when coaching softball.

Procedure: You will need bats, balls, bases, gloves and screens (optional). There will be a bunter at each base and one on home plate (four people total). Four pitchers throw to the four different bunters stationed at first, second, and third base, and home plate. Either use screens as backstops at the four stations or include four actual catchers in full gear. At a safe distance, line up an equal numbers of bunters at each base. The four pitchers should pitch simultaneously. The batters practice their bunting technique (sacrifice, drag and squeeze.) Once the ball is bunted the pitcher should field the ball, while the bunter sprints to the next base (home-1st, 1st – 2nd, 2nd-3rd and 3rd – home). Work on that quick first step out of the box. Pitchers get so excellent fielding exercises in a live situation (no throwing). They should throw from the stretch, and focus on throwing strikes but they can also add in breaking pitches. Coaches can participate in pitching to keep score, track the number of successful bunts.

Softball Drills – Short Hop Drill

April 9, 2010 at 8:33 am | Posted in fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose:To develop proper technique for fielding short hops. Repetition of training will help master a certain skill. Building confidence through perfecting a skill will help in mental training as well

Procedure: You will need one softball per player, gloves, and caps. Divide the team into pairs. Players form two lines 10 to 20 feet apart with pairs positioned across from each other. Everyone kneels on two knees. There should be at least five feet between each player in line.When the coach yells, “Throw.” the players bounce their balls to their partners, who field them on one hop.Repeat the drill until the predetermined time is up. Next, each player puts his cap approximately three feet in front of her. On the “go” command the players try to hit their partners’ caps with the balls. The ball should arrive after one hop.

Fielding short hops is one of the most difficult concepts for youth players to master. This drill accustoms players to the short hop. Practicing in the kneeling position forces players to focus on the bouncing ball. In the traditional upright set position, players tend to turn their heads before the ball reaches the glove. Players should keep their eyes on the ball just as they would when practicing catching fly balls short-Hop drill. The players must ‘look the ball” into their gloves.

Variation

Two players stand facing each other and take turns throwing short hops to one another. Players earn points for throwing beyond the receiver’s reach or for missing the ball. The first player to reach five points loses the game.


Softball Throwing Drills – Line Throw

April 6, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Purpose:To develop proper throwing technique, specifically accuracy. This drill will help 1st basemen on softball fielding as well.

Procedure: You will be needing one bucket, 20 to 30 softball and gloves. Players assemble in two lines, one at the third-base position and the other at the shortstop position. Setup a row of softballs in front of each line of players. Send two players to first base with an empty bucket. One player is the first baseman and the other is the backup first baseman. On the “go command, the first person in line at third base runs to the closest ball, picks it up, and throws it to first base. After the throw, the player goes to the end of the shortstop line. The coach gives the go  command to the first person in the shortstop line, who runs to the closest ball, throws it to first base, then goes to the end of the third-base line.

This drill can be done more quickly if the coach gives the “go” command to the next player as soon as the previous player throws the ball. The first baseman receives the throws from the third-base and shortstop positions and places the balls in the bucket.

Softball Baserunning Drills – Second to Home

February 1, 2010 at 2:38 am | Posted in Base Running, fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop baserunning techniques for going from second base to home plate on a base hit, a good drill for coaching softball.

Procedure: The team will need a bucket of balls and gloves. Place a right fielder, center fielder, second baseman, shortstop, and catcher at their respective positions. The rest of the players line up at second base. The coach, located at the pitcher’s plate, throws a ball into the outfield between two outfielders. As the coach throws the ball, he yells, “Go,” and the first player in line runs toward third, touches the bag, and heads home. The fielders try to throw the runner out at home. The runner then jogs back to the end of the line at second base. The next player in line enters the drill.

The “round the base and hold” technique is used if the coach cannot determine whether to send the runner or not. However, if the ball is misplayed on the relay into the infield, the runner, who holds about 5 to 8 feet off third, is in a good position to run home on the coach’s command. Base runners should almost always slide at heme to avoid a collision with the catcher.

Softball Practice Drills – Pitcher Holding a Runner

December 22, 2009 at 1:31 am | Posted in defense, fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To teach the pitcher to hold an unforced runner when fielding the ball. Additional softball fielding tip is to make your pitcher practice fielding batted balls.

Procedure: This drill will need two softballs, a bat, and gloves.  Place a runner on third base and a batter with a bat in the batter’s box. Other players take their positions in the field. The pitcher pitches the ball. To speed up the drill the batter does not swing, but instead as the ball is pitched, the coach throws a grounder to the pitcher, simulating a batted ball.  The batter runs to first. The pitcher fields the ball and before throwing the batter out at first, “looks back” at the base runner on third to make sure he does not advance of the base too far. The pitcher throws the ball to first base to make the out.

This drill should be done during practice the day before a game. The pitcher should wait for the base runner to take a step back toward third base before throwing the ball to first. The pitcher can take a step toward third to “press” the base runner to commit quickly. This drill can also be done with a runner at second base with no force-out.  Players should practice what to do when the base runner leads of the base too far. In this situation, the pitcher should run toward the third-base runner and get him into a rundown.


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