Basic Softball Drills -Pop-Up Drill

August 11, 2010 at 1:46 am | Posted in Catcher | Leave a comment
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Purpose:  To practice fielding pop-up balls around home plate. This is a helpful softball catching drill.

Procedure: As a coach, you will need a tennis racquet and a few tennis balls. Each catcher will be in full gear. Get them in a crouch position at home plate. The coach will hit a tennis ball straight up in the air. He will decide when to yell “Go” to signal to the catcher that the ball is up. You will attempt to locate the ball, discard your mask, and then field the pop-Up at or above eye level. Because the tennis ball is bouncy, the catcher is forced to use two hands to safely make the catch. The tennis racquet makes it easy to place the ball where you wish.

With older, more experienced players, add a second ball to the drill. Once the ball reaches its height, catapult another ball and have the catcher attempt to catch both of them. This makes the drill more difficult and challenging.

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.

Softball Catcher Drills – Fielding Bunts

September 18, 2008 at 2:24 am | Posted in Catcher | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To simulate game conditions while fielding bunts down the first and third baselines.

Procedure: The softball catcher assumes her position behind the plate with full gear. A helper is at first base and a helper is behind the catcher with softballs (where the umpire would stands). The helper rolls a ball out for the catcher to field and throw to first or third.

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