Softball Hitting Drills – Donut

August 2, 2011 at 5:14 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: ln honor of the Mariners Edgar Martinez, this activity teaches bat speed in accordance with the “sweet spot.” softball hitting techniques. should be sound to be a good hitter

Procedure: This drill will need a Bat, donut or Bratt’s Bat, and balls. Slide the donut onto the bat. Now use soft toss, the goal is to make solid contact on the “sweet spot,” The donut serves as a guide while building up strength in the hands and wrists. It’s also a great challenge. You can also try this with the Bratt’s Bat (youth length/weight) and tennis balls. Instead of hitting with the donut younger hitters can tape over the “sweet spot” on a regular bat, so they know where to properly hit the ball.

 

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Softball Hitting Drills – Wait Drill

April 30, 2011 at 6:33 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To learn to wait until the ball enters your strong zone. To effectively hit the ball to the opposite field. <a href=”http://www.softballperformance.com/7-softball-hitting-drills-to-spice-up-your-practices/”>Softball hitting drills</a> are important to better one’s hitting

Procedure: This drill is performed in a short toss situation. Don’t pitch from the full distance, so that the pitcher can more consistently locate the ball on the outside corner. Move the screen up to at least half distance or more. The drill can also be performed in batting practice.

The pitcher will place every toss on the outer half of the plate. You will watch the first few pitches without swinging but yell ”swing” at the exact moment when you must start your swing. Hit outside pitches to the opposite field, Going the other way with the pitch is achieved by making contact deeper in the hitting zone without modifying the swing. So if you want to make contact deeper in the zone, you must still begin your swing early enough to get the barrel of the bat on the ball. After watching a few tosses, you can start swinging to hit every pitch to the opposite field. Use a six-pitch round consisting of three observations and three swings.

The players should discover just how long they can wait before swinging. Don’t permit players to alter their swing to hit the ball the other way. The strong zone of hitting happens when the top arm is bent at contact.

Softball Hitting Drills – One-Pitch Boom Bat

March 10, 2011 at 7:43 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: A fun game to reward players and involve coaches and parents. A good softball hitting technique to remember is to focus on proper form.

Procedure: Cones, a large plastic bat, a wiffle ball or other large, plastic, easy-to-hit ball gloves. Divide the players into two teams.

Create a large makeshift baseball diamond marked with cones. The coach can pitch the ball overhand or underhand. The batter must swing at every pitch. If the ball goes outside the diamond, the team gets one run. If the ball is caught, goes foul, is misplayed, or does not reach the outside of the diamond, the batter is out. Therefore, every player can produce only a run or an out. The fielders are not allowed to field a ball beyond the boundaries of the diamond. Because the batters must swing at every pitch, each team gets five outs.

This is an easy skill game that players, coaches, and parents will enjoy. Encourage players to swing for the fences, but point out that sometimes the ball travels farther if the hitter does not swing too hard. Coaches should point out that teamwork and peer encouragement are important in this game, usually this encouragement transfers to baseball games. One of the best things about this game, much like home-run derby, is that players with weaker skills can be just as successful as the stronger players. When a weaker player hits a home run, make a big deal out of it to boost her confidence.

A variation especially appropriate for younger players is to use a beach ball and a tee. Players can also run the bases. Shorten the field and play the game like a home-run derby.

 

Softball Hitting Drills – Pivot Board Drill

November 11, 2010 at 1:33 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop complete back side pivoting action. A good strong pivot will lead to powerful softball hitting.

Procedure: A pivot board is needed for this drill. A pivot board consists of a thick piece of plywood (approximately 3 feet wide and 5 feet long) fastened to a border or frame of two-by-four. At one end of the plywood a hole is cut out and the cut out piece is then fastened to a “lazy susan” device. The lazy susan is a bracket (sold at most hardware stores) which permits a complete 360 degree turn. The circle should turn freely. These pivot boards are available at several sporting goods stores or through some mail-order companies. You can build your own pivot board at a much cheaper cost, and with limited skills and effort.

Start with your back foot on the circle part of the pivot board. The ball of your foot will be placed directly on the centre of the rotating part of the board. Take your stride and then hit the ball off the tee or the toss from your partner. Your back foot should turn freely to enable a complete back side pivot.

Softball Hitting Drills – Hitter’s Challenge

September 20, 2010 at 3:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Hitters are challenged to see the ball and hit it hard. How hard they hit the ball, and where, dictates the points they receive. After learning the basics, softball hitting techniques should be developed.
Procedure: This drill will be needing bats, balls, helmets and gloves. This game can be played either inside or outdoors while using a pitching machine or live arm. The hitter should aim to hit ground balls and/or line drives. Only fair balls count. Issue 7 to 10 swings each.
Hitter Scoring Includes:
10 points: Line drive up the middle. 5 points: Line drive anywhere else. 3 points: Hard hit ground ball. 2 points: Slowly hit ground ball, 1 point: Pop-up/fly ball. Another variation of this game, arrange a fielder at each position (no catcher) and rotate people after each hitter. Both hitters and fielders can now earn points on virtually every swing. Establish priority on subsequent grounders and fly balls. Try to maintain equal at-bats and fielding attempts it the different positions for each of the players. Include both of the scoring systems.
Fielder Scoring Includes:
10 points: Difficult catch of a line drive. 3 points: Difficult catch of a ground ball. 2 points: Routine catch of a ground ball. 1 point: Routine catch of a pop-Up/fly ball.

Softball Hitting drills -Overhead Drop Drill

September 15, 2010 at 11:35 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose:  To improve bat speed. Check this for softball hitting tips to watch for.

Procedure: Place a chair or short ladder in the batter’s box opposite the hitter. Your partner will stand on the chair and instruct you to Stride. Upon complying your stride, yom partner will drop the ball into the hitting zone from above. You must explode your hips to generate the bar speed necessary to make contact.

Due to the difficulty of this drill, I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners they may become quickly discouraged.

Softball Hitting Drills – Concentration Drill

November 24, 2009 at 3:19 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose:  To develop a batter’s concentration during the pitcher’s release. This drill teaches players to keep their eye on the ball. Use this is a one of your Softball Hitting Drills.

Procedure:  Prepare 6 Softballs, each with a small mark the size of a quarter on two or more sides of the ball; two of the balls should be marked with one color, and the other four with a different color; the colors should be bright and easy to see. Divide the team into group and use assistant coaches to set up two or three stations at one time. Start the drill with the first batter standing in the batter’s box. The pitcher takes one of the six softballs, hidng the colored dot from the batter, and pitches the ball. Starting in a proper stance, the batter prepares as usual, he strides but does not swing and instead calls out the color on the baseball after it is in the catchers glove. The batter must follow the flight of the ball and watch it go into the catcher’s glove. This drill can be set up as a competition to see which batter can identify the most colors correctly

*Coaches should also throw in a ball without any color to see how players react. Some will guess a color, others will tell the coach they followed the ball but didn’t see any color.

 

 

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