Youth Softball Drills – Racquetball Drill

April 13, 2010 at 1:29 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To leam to read a fly ball. Developing an outfielder at a young age is a good softball fielding tip.

Procedure: You will need a racquetball racket, approximately 10 soft-covered sponge-type balls, and gloves. All of the players, who have been assigned numbers, and one of the coaches go to right field. A coach or an assistant coach goes to home plate with a racket and a bucket of soft-covered balls. The coach supervising in the outfield calls out a number. The coach at home plate hits the ball into right field as high as he or she can. The player whose numberis called tries to catch the ball.

Repeat the drill until each player’s number is called.

Youth players have a very hard time catching fly balls. This drill if followed correctly, improves a player’s ability to catch fly balls. When catching a fly ball, a fielder’s first step is usually back.The fielder must be able to anticipate where the ball will land. The fielder should catch the ball with two hands. Soft-covered balls are difficult to catch because they tend to pop out of players’ gloves. Therefore, players should not be discouraged if early in the drill they have trouble squeezing the ball into the glove.

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Basic Softball Drills – Face to Face Drill

April 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop the basic mechanics for fielding a ground ball and following it with an accurate throw. This is a basic softball fielding tip to help you when fielding touch ground balls

Procdure:  This drill will need one softball, gloves and bucket of softballs,  and cones. Set up two cones 8 to 15 feet apart depending on he age and ability of players. One player stands between the cones, another player serves as backup. The coach throws grounders between the cones, and the player tries to stop the ball with his glove before it gets behind him, just as a hockey goalie would sweep away a puck. Award a point for every ball the player stops. Coaches can practice this drill with either a predetermined number of throws to each player or with a time limit. Once done, the fielder moves to the back of the line, the backup becomes the fielder, and the next person in line becomes the backup.

This is one of the few drills that teaches players to stop tie ball rather than catch it. Learning to knock the ball down while keeping it in front of the body is just as important as catching it with a glove. In game situations many hits are too hard to handle flawlessly; however, with the right mind-set, players can be confident about making the play if they learn to keep tie ball in front of them. This drill also emphasizes the importance of keeping the bail in front of the body if it is mishandled or dropped.

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