Softball Fielding Drills – Explode Through the Ball

November 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm | Posted in Catching, defense, fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To practice reaching and running through every ball, improving a player with softball skills catching.

Procedure: Fielders form a line about 10 feet from the tosser. One at a time they run laterally as the tosser tosses the ball low and in front of them so that they have to reach. Each player focuses on exploding through the ball as she catches it. The fielder must not stop and reach because doing so would limit her range. Each player returns the ball with a toss, waits, and form a line that reverses the direction.

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Young Girls Softball Drills – Release and Spin

October 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm | Posted in Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Allows the fastpitch softball defense to develop proper release and spin.

Procedure: Partners face each other from about six feet away. One player holds the ball in her throwing hand with proper grip and puts the throwing-arm elbow in her glove at about chest height. Partners throw the ball back and forth at least 25 times. This excercise isolates the wrist action so that the players can feel this particular component. They should feel the wrist action, emphasize proper release, and check the vertical spin.

Fastpitch Softball Drills for Pitching – Wrist Snap Under Knee

October 17, 2008 at 7:46 pm | Posted in Pitching | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To practice the wrist snap by isolating the wrist when softball pitching.

Procedure: Partners stand about 10 feet apart. Pitchers can throw to pitchers. If right-handed the pitcher kneels on the left knee with the right leg bent and the right foot flat on the ground. The pitching arm is placed against the leg with the ball and hand under the knee. The pitcher flips the ball in the air to her partner by snapping the wirst.

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