Softball Infield Drills – Defend Bunt with Man on Third

August 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Posted in defense, fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop defensive strategies against a runner on third trying to score on a bunt. Practicing bunt situations with man on third is a good softball defense drill.

Procedure: You will need one softball, a bat, and gloves. The pitcher throws the softball, and the batter bunts toward third. The third baseman fields the ball. The base runner anticipates the throw to first and begins to run home. The third baseman fields the ball pivots and immediately throws it to the shortstop covering third base. The shortstop applies the tag to the base runner who is trying to scramble back to third. Timing in this drill is important. As the base runner bounces off the base, the shortstop sneaks over to cover third. To remind the shortstop to cover third, the coach yells out a signal, such as, “Green,” as the third baseman charges to field the bunt. Upon hearing the coach yell, “Green,” the third baseman quickly turns and throws to the shortstop covering third base, The left fielder backs up the shortstop in case the ball is overthrown. If the player backs up correctly, a run can be saved.

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Free Softball Practice Drills – Short Hop

August 11, 2008 at 9:35 pm | Posted in defense, fielding | Leave a comment
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Defensive skills are just as, if not more important, than offensive skills in the game of softball. Defense does indeed win championships and therefore coaches are best advised to get their player as skilled as possible when it comes to the defensive side of the game. This drill, the short hop, gives players a chance to practice softball defense. The drill is proceeded as follows:

Partners stand 30 feet apart with one ball and throw one-hop ground balls to each other. The ball should be thrown in a sidearm style with the ball bouncing once close to the fielder.

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