Indoor Softball Drills – Action Ball

August 2, 2011 at 5:12 am | Posted in defense, fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Stress line drives, being aggressive on a two-strike count, and putting the ball in play. Never watch a called third strike. This indoor game encompasses quick at-bats with balls flying off  the floors, walls and ceilings. Knowing all fielding situations and practicing them is a good softball fielding tip for infielders.

Procedure: Prepare a bat and paper ball wrapped in athletic/duct tape. A diamond can be setup with short distances between each base if base runners are desired. The pitcher throws the paper ball slowly and over-hand from about 30 feet away. There are no home runs; only singles,doubles and triples. The instructor must keep track of “runner” location, number of outs, and score of the game. Ground, rules are set up and play begins. Singles can only score a runner from third base. The hitter has a 2-and-2 count. Ball four results in a new count. Outs Include: (1) swings-and-misses, (2) foul balls, and (3) any ball fielded cleanly off of the wall, ceiling or floor. There are no force outs or tag outs. Batters hit and then must sit down in the dugout. Bench people must sit down against a wall in the assigned batting order. Everyone plays defense.




Softball Throwing Drills – Line Throw

April 6, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Purpose:To develop proper throwing technique, specifically accuracy. This drill will help 1st basemen on softball fielding as well.

Procedure: You will be needing one bucket, 20 to 30 softball and gloves. Players assemble in two lines, one at the third-base position and the other at the shortstop position. Setup a row of softballs in front of each line of players. Send two players to first base with an empty bucket. One player is the first baseman and the other is the backup first baseman. On the “go command, the first person in line at third base runs to the closest ball, picks it up, and throws it to first base. After the throw, the player goes to the end of the shortstop line. The coach gives the go  command to the first person in the shortstop line, who runs to the closest ball, throws it to first base, then goes to the end of the third-base line.

This drill can be done more quickly if the coach gives the “go” command to the next player as soon as the previous player throws the ball. The first baseman receives the throws from the third-base and shortstop positions and places the balls in the bucket.

Softball Fielding Drills – Reaction Drill

October 9, 2009 at 12:58 am | Posted in fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To test and develop a player’s reaction time when softball fielding an oncoming ball

Procedure: Place four cones in a square with 10 to 15 feet between cones.The coach stands in the center of the square, and the first player stands next to a corner cone facing away from the coach.The coach throws a tennis ball toward the player, then immediately gives the “go’ command’s. On the “go” command, the player turns and reacts to the ball, trying to make the catch.After catching the ball, the player drops it on the ground next to him.    The player runs to the next cone, turns toward the coach, who has already thrown a ball in his direction, and tries to react to the tennis ball in the air before making the catch.When the first player has been to an four cones, it is the next player’s turn.

Softball Fielding Drills – Circle Drill

October 9, 2009 at 12:56 am | Posted in fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To improve concentration when fielding a ball

Procedure: Equipment required several softballs, gloves.Players form a large circle with plenty of space between them,The coaches standing outside of the circle, throws a ground ball to a player to start the fielding drill.The player catches the ball and then throws a ground ball to any player in the circle except for those very close to him. The next player throws a ground ball to someone else in the circle.After each catch, the coach yells out the number of times in a row the team has caught the ball without errors.The coach then adds a second ball to the drill.

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