Fun Softball Drills – Ultimate Throw & Catch

September 20, 2010 at 3:56 am | Posted in Catching | Leave a comment
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Purpose: This competitive game teaches throwing accuracy, team work and quickness. Adding games to drills make practice more fun when coaching softball
Procedure: softball, gloves, and colored vests. Make two distinct teams. Designate playing boundaries similar to a game of “Ultimate Frisbee.” While playing outside on a diamond, name the outfield foul lines as the “touchdown areas.” Kids can play anywhere but only on the outfield grass, for example. The goal is to complete a series of throws to teammates, and then reach the other foul line.
Put at least three opposing teams. You cannot throw underhand. Defenders must be feet away and cannot touch anyone. The receivers can only take 2 or 3 steps after a successful catch. Upon receiving the ball, throwers must make a toss or else a turnover is called. Make short tosses. A dropped or missed throw, the ball goes to the other team, One team starts with the ball. Attempt to make accurate throws. Point is awarded for every successful throw caught beyond the foul line. After a “touchdown,” the “losing” team should walk to the other end line. The next game should begin with a “throw-off” to the other team. Play to 10 points.

Fun Softball Drills – Scramble the Egg

July 26, 2010 at 9:07 am | Posted in Bunting, Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To teach or reinforce bunting techniques. One important  softball coaching tip is to add fun during practices.

Procedure: We will need a bucket of very old softballs, a bat, a dozen eggs, a clear plastic tarp. Lay out the tarp on the ground and place the eggs on top of it. The first player bunts the ball toward the eggs, with the goal of trying to break or “scramble” the eggs with the ball. Give each player several chances, but make sure there are enough eggs to last the entire drill.

This is messy but incredibly fun. Only do this drill once, usually at the end of the season when the softballs you have been using are worn out. The player should square to bunt when the pitcher’s front foot is about to hit the ground. Substitute water balloons for eggs; however, they are harder to break. Make sure the players are away from the tarp when the coach cleans up.

Softball Throwing Drills – Elimination

July 11, 2010 at 10:20 am | Posted in Outfield, Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Use this as a competitive game during long toss. Stress accuracy and proper throwing technique, especially the follow through.  Softball fielding tip for all players is to develop strength and accuracy for long throws.

Procedure: You will be needing gloves and balls. One partner stands on the foul line and the other in the outfield. The instructor initiates each toss and designates the location of the outfield group. You can only take three steps before throwing. Receivers must catch the ball without it getting by them. You can scoop the ball. Older groups can only take 1 to 2 steps to make the catch, and must not drop the ball. Keep moving back equal steps when groups successfully throw and catch the ball. Use listening skills such as ousting those groups not throwing on the whistle or call. Eliminated groups (sit down) should act as assisting judges. Change partners each day.

You can also vary the rules by only having up to three steps for the catch. Then try a long distance Throwing contest only. Rotate the throwers and then receivers. See which person can throw the ball the farthest. Also, if a ball gets by a receiver that person must throw from the spot where the ball is retrieved. For safety reasons nuke sure eliminated people watch the action away from the field.

Softball Baserunning Drills – Touch Base Relay

June 16, 2010 at 2:44 am | Posted in Base Running | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Knock home the importance of touching the bases in this fun race. Baserunning is an important aspect of coaching softball.

Procedure: You will need four bases. Make four equal teams. Have each group standing up in a line behind their own designated base in the infield grass. The formation should look like the letter “X”. At the starting signal, the first person in eachline runs to the next base. You must touch eacho f the four bases, and then sit down at teh end of your line. Each person then moves up a spot. If anyone misses a base, that particular team is eliminated. The first team to have everyone sitting down is the winner.

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