Softball Practice Drills – Fielding During Batting Practice

June 24, 2011 at 11:11 am | Posted in Outfield | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To de-cleat on every pitch.
To develop a good first step on balls hit to the outfield. To acquire some “live” repetitions. It’s important to practice game like situations when practicing softball outfield.

Procedure: As an outfielder, spend time at your position during batting practice. Do a 10-minute block of “live” repetitions. During this session, treat every pitch as a live situation. De-cleat on the pitch. Try to anticipate where the ball is going to be hit, and work on getting a good jump on the ball. This fielding practice is instrumental in developing overall good fielding mechanics. Put all of the skills into practice: drop steps, banana curls, crowhops, do Or dies, playing the fence, and communication.

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Basic Softball Drills – Outfield Fly Drill

March 10, 2011 at 7:40 am | Posted in fielding, Outfield | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop the skills necessary to catch fly balls. Building a good outfield base is one softball fielding tip a softball player should develop.

Procedure: You will need two buckets of softballs, fungo bat, and gloves. Position two infielders, one on either side of second base, a few feet into the outfield grass where they would normally catch a cutoff throw. Set up a line of players in right field and a line of players in left field. One coach stands between home plate and first base. The other coach stands between home plate and third base. Each has a bucket of balls.A parent or coach should monitor both lines in the outfield. A coach, with a fungo bat, hits a fly bat to the first player in the right field line. The player throw’s the ball into the cutoff man at second base, runs along the outer part of the outfield, and returns to the end of the other outfield line. The other coach bats a fly to the first person in the left field line, who throws the ball into the cutoff man at shortstop. The fielder runs along the outer part of the outfield and returns to the end of the other outfield line. The more the coaches or parents are involved with this drill the safer it is for the players. If the ball is angled, fielders should run sideways with their lead shoulder pointing in the direction of the ball. If coaches accidentally ground a bail, the piayers should play it. Outfielders should charge a slow-moving ground ball.

 

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