Softball Hitting Drills – I Name That Play

January 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: If a hitter expects to execute a game, one needs to practice those plays beforehand. It’s very important to practice different game situations because it’s easier for players to recall and execute a play when done during practice. These are good coaching softball tips for fall.

Procedure: You will be needed a Pitching machine, batting cage, bats, balls and helmets. Simulate the many offensive strategies while batting against a pitching machine. Each discipline may call for a different batting grip, body alignment, position in the batter’s box, and strength of swing. Use the following strategy. Progress in numerical order.

Sacrifice Bunt: Bunt a strike away from the pitcher,

Drag Sunt: Bunt a strike close to the foul line.

Squeeze Bunt: Bunt any pitch on the ground.

Hit-and-Run: Swing down at any pitch, and hit it on the ground.

Move the Runner to next base: Hit a strike to the right side.

Sacrifice Fly: Loft a ball to the outfield.

Line Drive: Rip a strike up the middle.

Try this game (older players) with a verbal command (particular play) just as the ball is pitched shout out from between the pitching machine wheels. The batter must be quiet and decisive just as in a regular game. If a batter is unsuccessful in executing a play, the next person hits. You can also perform “Name That Play against a live pitcher. With hitting groups in the cage, have three stations; 1) live batting with the above scenario, 2) deciphering offensive signals from a coach (say what was called), and 3) standing in against a pitcher throwing on the side (no swinging).

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Softball Hitting Drills – Broom Handle Bunt

August 16, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Posted in Bunting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop bunting techniques. Emphasizing the bunt during practices is always a part of softball coaching.

Procedure: One broom handle, a bucket of rag balls or tennis balls A player stands in the batters box and the coach stands approximately halfway between the pitcher’s mound and home plate.The coach throws or tosses a rag ball underhand to the batter.The batter squares around and bunts the ball. Bunting is a difficult, yet crucial, skill to master and is an important strategy in almost every level of youth softball. Emphasize that it is not necessary to bunt the rag ball to a particular side of the infield but that making contact with the broom handle is most important. Timing is important when bunting. In this drill, the objective for the batter is to make contact with the ball therefore, the batter can start in the bunting position. To keep more players actively involved, perform this drill with two or three players. A broom handle is much narrower then a bat, which makes hitting the ball more challenging. When bunting, the batter should not push the bat (or broom handle) into the ball but instead let the ball meet the bat. Batters can imagine that there is a pane of glass right In front at the bat, and if they push the bat forward to bunt the ball they will break the glass. The bat (or broom handle) should be level when in the bunting position. However the fat end of the bat can be tilted up at a slight angle. If the fat end of the bat is lower than the rest of the bat the ball will pop up.

 

Softball Hitting Drills – Donut

August 2, 2011 at 5:14 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: ln honor of the Mariners Edgar Martinez, this activity teaches bat speed in accordance with the “sweet spot.” softball hitting techniques. should be sound to be a good hitter

Procedure: This drill will need a Bat, donut or Bratt’s Bat, and balls. Slide the donut onto the bat. Now use soft toss, the goal is to make solid contact on the “sweet spot,” The donut serves as a guide while building up strength in the hands and wrists. It’s also a great challenge. You can also try this with the Bratt’s Bat (youth length/weight) and tennis balls. Instead of hitting with the donut younger hitters can tape over the “sweet spot” on a regular bat, so they know where to properly hit the ball.

 

Softball Hitting Drills – Pinball

July 20, 2011 at 6:22 am | Posted in Bunting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Similar to the arcade game of pinball: Keep the ball bouncing up and down. Look for bat control and proper bunting technique. Coaching softball must always include bunting in its offense

Procedure: While holding the bat with one hand, keep bouncing a ball up in the air before it hits the ground. Use as much space as needed. Holding the bat at the knob makes it more difficult. Make this “the activity of the day” and ask kids to present their highest scores (individual and team) at lunchtime. Bouncing the ball bak and forth with a partner (10 to 15 feet apart) also simulates the bunting technique (can use two hands on the bat).

 

 

 

Softball Hitting Drills – Wait Drill

April 30, 2011 at 6:33 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To learn to wait until the ball enters your strong zone. To effectively hit the ball to the opposite field. <a href=”http://www.softballperformance.com/7-softball-hitting-drills-to-spice-up-your-practices/”>Softball hitting drills</a> are important to better one’s hitting

Procedure: This drill is performed in a short toss situation. Don’t pitch from the full distance, so that the pitcher can more consistently locate the ball on the outside corner. Move the screen up to at least half distance or more. The drill can also be performed in batting practice.

The pitcher will place every toss on the outer half of the plate. You will watch the first few pitches without swinging but yell ”swing” at the exact moment when you must start your swing. Hit outside pitches to the opposite field, Going the other way with the pitch is achieved by making contact deeper in the hitting zone without modifying the swing. So if you want to make contact deeper in the zone, you must still begin your swing early enough to get the barrel of the bat on the ball. After watching a few tosses, you can start swinging to hit every pitch to the opposite field. Use a six-pitch round consisting of three observations and three swings.

The players should discover just how long they can wait before swinging. Don’t permit players to alter their swing to hit the ball the other way. The strong zone of hitting happens when the top arm is bent at contact.

Softball Hitting Drills – See, Read & Explode

April 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: A former major league hitting coach Mike Epstein liked to say, batters need to “see” the pitch just before the pitcher releases the ball, “read” the spin and location of it while en route to the plate, and “explode” at a strike with an aggressive swing at tbe ball. One good softball hitting tip is to act not react

Procedure:  Have bats plus a brand-new regulation ball. First explain “soft” and “hard” focus. While in the batters box the hitter should first “soft” focus on the pitcher’s head and shoulders. Then when the ball is at the pitcher’s hip she should “hard” focus on the ball just before delivery. Have this theory in every live throwing activity.

Now arrange the group into lines. The instructor should face the team, and go through a simulated pitching movement. When the batter thinks the ball is just in front of home plate, she should make a swing. First, pitch in slow-motion for easy recognition. Second, pitch from the wind-up. Third, pitch from the stretch. Fourth, pitch full-speed. Fifth, add in the fastball. See if the kids can pick up the different arm motions. End with a ninth inning, 3-and 2 count, 2-out, bases-loaded scenario.

 

 

 

Softball Hitting Drills – One-Pitch Boom Bat

March 10, 2011 at 7:43 am | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: A fun game to reward players and involve coaches and parents. A good softball hitting technique to remember is to focus on proper form.

Procedure: Cones, a large plastic bat, a wiffle ball or other large, plastic, easy-to-hit ball gloves. Divide the players into two teams.

Create a large makeshift baseball diamond marked with cones. The coach can pitch the ball overhand or underhand. The batter must swing at every pitch. If the ball goes outside the diamond, the team gets one run. If the ball is caught, goes foul, is misplayed, or does not reach the outside of the diamond, the batter is out. Therefore, every player can produce only a run or an out. The fielders are not allowed to field a ball beyond the boundaries of the diamond. Because the batters must swing at every pitch, each team gets five outs.

This is an easy skill game that players, coaches, and parents will enjoy. Encourage players to swing for the fences, but point out that sometimes the ball travels farther if the hitter does not swing too hard. Coaches should point out that teamwork and peer encouragement are important in this game, usually this encouragement transfers to baseball games. One of the best things about this game, much like home-run derby, is that players with weaker skills can be just as successful as the stronger players. When a weaker player hits a home run, make a big deal out of it to boost her confidence.

A variation especially appropriate for younger players is to use a beach ball and a tee. Players can also run the bases. Shorten the field and play the game like a home-run derby.

 

Things You Need to Know about Softball Hitting

October 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Softball hitting is one of the largest parts in softball sport. It is the major bludgeon of every team in order to win the battle. In fact, they are truly rendering more time in practicing this fundamental key for they know that it is going to be their main weapon when comes softball match.

Furthermore, softball sport is the devisee of the baseball sport. As a result, softball sport became one of the most admired games in the entire globe. Actually, it is the most played game of all sports and a lot of people, especially the young ones are truly on stream with this kind of sport.

One of the best parts of the game, which a lot of people really give much attention to is the softball hitting. This is the part of the game where in they are truly going to enjoy playing. It will help you out to improve your possessed-skills and be able to develop or discover your hidden abilities. Yet, before you start your softball hitting training, you must first condition your mind and body. It is very important to set your mind and be able to develop determination and self-control in order for you to accomplish each set of trainings.

First thing you need to practice is the proper handle and use of the bat. You should know already that bat is the only weapon for you to strike or hit the softball. It will be your guide in winning the battle. As a result, you really need to undergo certain trainings on how to make a good hit. It is important for you to learn the things when it comes to selecting your bat. You need to keep in mind that bat plays a vital role in softball hitting; for it is the main control in order for you to create a good hit and be able to move the score. You must pick a bat that will go well with you and that is why you need to consider the size and the heaviness of the bat. It will definitely provide you great speed and good swing. That is why if you have the right bat, for sure you are going to create a good hit.

The way you grip the bat is also extremely important in making a good hit. You must hold the bat comfortably that is why you need to position and be able to settle your fingers in a relax manner. This will also provide you a good swing, which is very necessary in softball hitting. You need also to put into practice the gripping position and you must not hold the bat too tensely or too baggy.

Your position will determine your strength towards softball hitting. Consequently, you need to develop your own position and it should provide comfort in order for you to swing the bat properly and be able to hit the softball in a good way. Keep in mind that there is no ideal position that you need to put into practice that is why you really need to develop your own stance.

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Efficient Teaching of Softball Drills

October 3, 2009 at 9:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It is said that a major part of your winning is because of your coach. As a coach, you have the responsibility to train your team in order to bring out the best in them. You have no right to underestimate the skills of your opponent team, buy you have the every right to develop the skills of your team to make them one of the bests.

You should be the one to set the goal of your team as well as the standard which you need to accomplish at the end of your practice. You should be the role model in showing the right attitude in playing softball. And you should make sure that the skills and gaming performance of your team is improving after doing continuous practice. This is why you have to teach them softball drills everytime they have their practice.

The best approach to educate your team with softball drills is to show them how to do it. It is not enough to keep them with long lectures without any demonstration because this will only make your team sleepy and bored. Although you examples will help them to learn what you are teaching, it will be better if you will show them how. This way, there are more chances for them to get the idea faster.

After your live demonstration, you should give them a chance to do it themselves. Stance is very important in softball hitting and so you have to portray to them how you will achieve the perfect stance which will become very handy when you are in the field. If they are now ready to do the stance, your role will be to determine if they have the correct position of the feet, knees, hips, shoulders and eyes.

Videos can help for your team to learn the different playing strategies and skills. But this will become more helpful, if your players are interacting while playing. An example of this is that you can allow them to watch the video and then let them focus on some parts of the innings. Ask them what will be the perfect action in such particular situation. This way, you can make sure that they understand what you are teaching them because they can make their own decision on what should be their action on that particular situation. Learning softball drills with the help of videos will develop their logical thinking.

In the past year, coaches use chalkboard in teaching their players. This method will still be helpful for you to make your teachings faster and easier. This will aid you in explaining the pros and cons of different playing strategies. With this, you can also assign your players different positions which they need to practice. You can record their performance so that you will know their success and you can also detect things that need more improvement at once.

As a coach, you should understand that you have more responsibilities and obligations and the most important is to teach them drills which will develop their skills and help them to master every aspect of the game. You have to use variety of methods in your teaching to ensure that your team will remember everything you have taught them.

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Softball Hitting Drills – Long Tee Drill

June 4, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To learn how to drive through the ball, and consistently hit line drives when softball hitting. By hitting off the tee three to four feet from the net you don’t always get a clear picture of how to hit the ball. With this drill, players learn how to consistently hit line drives.

Procedure: Set a ball on a tee about 30 feet in front of the net and then place a home plate behind the tee so you can adjust your stance in relation to the plate. Hit line drives into the back of the net.

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