Softball Pitching Drillls – Throwing from Behind the Plate at second base.

August 17, 2011 at 3:21 am | Posted in Pitching | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop the correct pitching form, with emphasis on a good follow through. Incorporate varied softball pitching drills to help improve performance.

Procedure: A bucket of softball is placed with the pitcher on the pitcher’s plate behind the rubber on the second-base side of Ihe diamond. Standing at the
edge of the dirt, the pitcher throws either to a catcher or to a screen at home plate.

Throwing further forces the pitcher to isolate the follow through portion of the pitch and concentrate on it more than when pitching off behind second. The pitcher
should take a bigger stride toward home to shorten the distance to the catcher or screen to 40 to 45 feet if the pitcher has trouble throwing from tiis location to
home plate. Because throwing strikes is not a priority in this drill, pitchers should throw into a large screen rather than aiming for a target. Because it is difficult
to throw behind, this drill forces pitchers to stride or jump more. When following through, the pitcher’s throwing hand should finish at the side of the throwing side.

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Softball Pitching Drills – Umpire

July 31, 2010 at 7:02 am | Posted in Pitching | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Pitchers need to learn the strike zone while facing a batter and get accustomed to game atmosphere. Always have variety when coaching softball pitching.

Procedure: This drill will need catching equipment, helmets, bats, balls and gloves. During pitching practice with catchers, hitters should stand in the batters box. No swinging. Catchers call the balls and strikes and call/frame pitches according to the count, Catchers should call out each pitch, so the hitter can thereby judge velocity, movement, and location of each variety. Then have the hitters try and guess which type of pitch is thrown. Try to alternate between left- and right-handed batters and pitchers. For older players, try rounds of 25 pitches per person. Non-throwers count the number of strikes. Try it as a competition.


Softball Pitching Drills – Balance Drill

March 16, 2010 at 7:51 am | Posted in Pitching | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To improve pitching balance. Softball conditioning should focus on balance and power.

Procedure: You will need a bucket of softballs. Pitcher stays at pitcher’s circle. The coach stands behind the pitcher with a softball. Pitcher lifts stride leg  close to a 90-degree position and holds it for four or five seconds. The coach hands the ball to the pitcher, who is still in the balanced single-legged position. Upon receiving the ball, pitcher does her pitch and let leg drops forward after the pitch.

Balance is one of the most important aspects of proper pitching motion. A pitcher cannot throw accurately if she is off balance during the pitch. This drill, along with its variations, can be difficult for many youth pitchers. If your players have trouble with this drill, start them on a single leg position, lifting the stride leg only slightly and progress to extending it over time.

Softball Practice Drills – Movement

October 6, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Pitching | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Pitchers strive to add movement to their pitches and variety to their softball pitching repertoire.

Procedure:Pitchers should play catch with another pitcher as part of the daily warm-up. Pitchers throw from the mound with the goal of adding late movement to each pitch—either in and out or down (way from the batter’s hands). To add movement to the pitch use different Grips (fingers on or off the seams), vary ball placement in the hand (e.g. choke it for a changeup), and use different pressure points on the ball, applying more pressure for increased movement and less for more velocity. Changing speeds with breaking pitches (changeup, curve or slider) can throw off a hitters timing, especially his/her stride. Pitchers can focus on developing their aptitude for the essential skills of pitch selection and focus, control (strikes) and command (location), movement and changing speeds, velocity, and getting people out These skills can be developed in a variety of ways. Experiment each day with a different grip, ball placement, or pressure point. Keep the same arm speed but use a different arm angle. Try for movement with a different pitch on each throw. Ask hitters for feedback. See what the other
pitchers on your team are doing. Work with the coaches. Always maintain proper mechanics, balance, and follow through when performing any type of softball pitching drill. And remember that the most important pitch is Strike 1!

Softball Pitching Tips: Team Softball Pitching Drills (Overhand)

September 24, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Posted in Pitching | Leave a comment
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Purpose: During a softball pitching session, accomplish the many variations. First work on the proper techniques, then loosen the arm up, progress to long toss, and conclude with specialties.

Procedure: Equipment required is softballs, gloves, and home plates (can also use white towels). This drill is for 9 years and up.Rules are  Partner up. Start with the proper grip while holding the glove out front just under eye level. Continue at each formation until the group leader switches the discipline. Points that you need to Consider: Turn with the ball and glove, make a smooth trans¬fer behind the back, get the ball above the throwing shoulder, rotate back, tuck the glove, snap the ball out from beyond the head, con¬tinue the body forward, swing the back leg through, and be in a balanced fielding position.
Perform each drill according to the desired discipline, each completed with a throw.
1.2 knee : Work on the hip pivot,
2.1 knee : Glove-side foot in front; work on bringing the ball back and up.
3.1 Leg: Glove-side leg in front with a wide stance; work on transfer and swinging the back leg through.
4.Stretch: Feet shoulders width apart facing either first or third base; work on striding to the plate and weight shift.
5.Wind-up. Work on a small step back, the balance point, and coordination throughout.

Internet: Makes Softball Drills Easy to Act Upon

September 24, 2009 at 7:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The right line of attack, approach and method is essential for the sports team to achieve their yearning to triumph each sport competition that they will face. As the player works through the skills or areas that he is weak in the course of softball drills, it will surely boost the way on how he performs in playing the softball if he works harder.

With the availability of the internet, the coach as well as the players does not bump into any difficulties in looking and selecting for the right or the best softball drills to act upon. The website that is endowed with the information about softball clearly discusses all the subject matter concerning the said sport. Furthermore, there are also videos that exemplify how specific drills are being carried out. Thus, the coach as well as the players could visibly understand how to act and perform it.

If you have just begun to play softball, there is nothing to worry about since the internet can present you all the basic to the marginal information that you want to be clued up. Knowing all the information that concern to the sport is indeed necessary if you really want to take on yourself in the said sport.

The guide of a person who is well equipped with softball and softball drills is necessary. It will give you a word of wisdom and assurance that the right action or movement to take place is being done. You cannot see your mistake as you perform it; therefore it is better to ask for help.

Looking through and watching the exhibition or demonstration on how the softball drills are being acted upon or performed is not enough. Players should still perform and practice what they have browse in the internet for so many time as they can until they master a specific drill. They will determine and the coach can assess if it is done correctly as what it is supposed to be. In that way, the coach can give positive and negative points on how it is being done by the player.

Whenever there are wrong actions or movements done by the player, the coach must deal with the player and talk to them in a gentle manner. It is the coach duty to support, encourage and boost the player to bring out the best in them.

There are some players who are really quick in grabbing the technique or method of the softball drills and there are also players who are not as good as them. Therefore, the coach should always be aware that each player varies from one another. In that case, the coach should not compare each player from one another instead help his player to cope with their weaknesses.

The most chief principle of softball drill is to work on with the weaknesses of the player and enhance their way of playing the softball. With the wide array of softball drills that a team can decide on to perform, there is no doubt that they can make it to be one of the great players ever!

Practice Makes Softball Drills Perfect

September 10, 2009 at 4:29 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Softball is a sport that requires every player to work the best way they can to be able to win the game. However, how can these players truly give their best during the game? What can be done for them to be able to truly bring out the best of their softball skills?

As every player is required to show the best of their skills as they play their game in their battlefield, being adept to every softball drill is a must. A player must familiarize himself first with every softball drill. Then he must also learn this move by heart to be able to present this skill during their game and eventually bring home the bacon.

One way to be fully skilled with all of these is by practicing the softball drills. With this, you are routinely educated with a sequence of these softball moves and they are repeated over and over until they can be performed faultlessly. Given that are practicing all of these drills regularly, you can be an expert in the right moves in softball. Practicing all these softball drills will help boost your power in playing softball and in addition, it will also develop the skills where you are specifically not good at.

There are actually different types of softball drills that you have to practice regularly to be able to master them and used them in your game. The first step before one can play softball is to be aware of the different softball drills. However, simply being familiar with these drills will not make you a good player if you will not learn how to put them in action and eventually, practice them. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. This is also true in the case of softball. Practice Makes Softball Drills Perfect. It completely makes the softball drills perfect. If you more than willing to practice every move needed for your game, then you will surely go a long way. With regular practice, it will be easier for you to understand the different techniques to be made to help you to further improve your quality of play.  And right after you have perfected all of these softball drills through regular practice, you are now ready to showcase your finesse in the softball battlefield, the real softball battlefield.

To sum things up, practice really makes softball drills perfect. Therefore, if you really want improve your softball playing skills; allotting time for your practice can surely help you with this desire of yours. No one can absolutely deny the good thing it can bring not only to your playing ability but also to the ability of the team as well. Again, as the saying goes, practice makes perfect, so given that you know the basics of softball and you are more than willing to set a quality time with your learning process and your regular practice, there is no way you can be the best softball player, and bring your softball team to success.

Softball Players in Softball Drills

September 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Each softball players or team member requires performing softball drills in order for them to improve and learn new skills and techniques in playing softball. If you try to browse in the internet you will find out that there are so many drills that can be apply in practicing the sport like softball. Softball drills are indeed effective as many softball champions testify when they are being interviewed after the game or competitions.

In every sport there is a time that the teams are not able to make it through. But being defeated does not mean that you have to give up. Each success of the team depends on the coach and team members. For this reason each and everyone most work hand in hand in order to get hold of the success. So you really need to do your best in every step of your way through victory of your team.

For a beginner, you must first get the whole thing about softball. How it is being played? What are the rules existing in playing? What is the hitter’s role in the sport? Are there some of the most important things to know if you want to engage yourself in the said sport? After knowing and having a complete background about the said sport, you can now plan to practice any softball drills.

With so many softball drills that are coming, it might be hard to choose which one is the best. However, you can ask an idea of a well known coach, or a sport analyst or team who are undefeated for many years. But we have to bear in mind that each player varies from one another.

Focusing oneself into drills will definitely benefit the player. The main purpose of softball drill is to hone and enhance each player in playing softball. Drills will be useless if you work alone, definitely you will need a helping hand since softball is a team sport. And then if you just cooperate with your coach and team members, the drills will definitely work out.

Playing softball also benefits your health. It is definitely a good way to exercise your body since you are using all your body parts in the game. At the same time you will enjoy the game playing with your friends.  This will be a great bonding for a group when they play the softball game.

To sum up, softball drills are indeed very competent way of practice for athletes who would like to improve and enhance themselves in playing their chosen game. No one can deny the good thing it brings to the team. Everything will be possible when coach and team members work together with unity. The challenge in playing softball with the competitors will be more easy if you have learned and if you are able to apply the drills correctly. Hence, as long as you take your softball drills alertly it will absolutely be effortless for you to take the challenge you are about to face. The eagerness and patience to gain knowledge of is the nature that you have to be endowed with so that you can to accomplish your pleasing objective.

Fast pitch softball hitting drills prevent missing the ball

August 27, 2009 at 10:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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When you decide to engage yourself in the field of softball, you must make sure that you are very much ready to learn all the basic rules and regulations as well as the different skills important in the said sports. You should also prepare yourself to undergo intensive training and continuous practice in order for you to become one of the famous softball players.

Every player has its own role in the team. Each has responsibility to perform before and during the game. If you choose to be the hitter of the team, you should always remember that you have one of the most important roles in the team. The chance of winning every game has something to do with the way you perform your softball hitting.

A softball hitter must possess the essential qualities which will help him in making a perfect and powerful hit. You must also have the proper concentration and focus so that you will never miss the ball once it is thrown by the pitcher of your opponent. It is also important for you to know fast pitch softball hitting. You cannot deny that anticipation and the ability to read the mind of the pitcher is very important so that you can prepare yourself whether there is a fast pitch or not.

This article will help you to become expert in hitting fast pitch ball by giving you some of the great fast pitch softball hitting drills which will really increase your ability in using your bat.

Barrier Behind: This drill will emphasize taking the hands directly to the ball as well as keeping the barrier up. In doing this drill, the rear foot of the hitter must be parallel to the side of the batting cage and in contact with the net. You need to do a swing by taking your hands to the ball and keeping the bat barrel up. Remember that your bat should not touch the barrier on the swing.

Look at the Pitcher and hit: This will improve your focus from the pitcher to the point of contact. The better will be in the T position looking out for imaginary ditcher and will refocus on the T and will do a normal swing.

Drop Toss: This hitting drill will develop your hand speed to the ball.  You will presume your stance with your partner facing you with the ball held at should height. You need to instruct your partner when he should drop the ball. When your partner will release the ball, he should pull his arms away from the strike zone. Then it is the time for you to take a full swing.

Rise-Ball Pitcher: It is done to practice striking a go up sphere. You will get the legs off the pitching engine and position the machine on the floor. The pitched ball will coming from a low position to a high position. You should only do your swing to strike. Do this drill on the playing field with fielders and base runners on in a bat confine.

Target Hitting: This will develop the righthanded batter’s ability of striking an outside pitch to the right field and a within pitch towards the left field and vise versa using your left handed skill. The batter must practice to hit into assign area of the field. You must remember where to hit the pitched ball. It can be done whether there is a fielder or base runners or not.

Coaching Tips for Conditioning Softball Drills

August 27, 2009 at 10:23 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It is the task of every softball coach to get hold of the latest learnings about softball and everything that goes with it. It is a must because they have to deal with it forever and making some alterations in the game is a requirement-a big and indispensable necessity.

First of all, you must be aware that nobody is more than qualified to develop the speed, power and agility of the softball players except for the softball players themselves and the coach. They should have a specialized strength and conditioning so that they will both reach the minimum up to the maximum requirements of a great softball team.

Coaches must be aware also of their responsibilities. They should become more competent when it comes to the discovery of their capacities as a softball coach. A softball coach should not also confine himself with his own knowledge about softball coaching alone. He must consult also with the other coaches so that he knows the different ways on how to make his team stronger, faster and more powerful. He should also give out certain new strength and conditioning services to his softball players and teams because all of you are raving for the great results.

The softball coach and the softball players must be well-coordinated during the softball performance or in any softball drills. This is because the different softball skills such as softball hitting and softball pitching can actually run a successful practice drill if the coach and the players are really “on” the game.

In addition, having an extensive training is also needed as part of the conditioning method during softball drills. The physical body must be working effectively and strongly so that it will meet the demands of the sport.

Sports aficionados such as softball fanatics can never deny that an expert in strength and conditioning skills can level-up the softball drills. The coach should provide great advice to softball players better than anybody else. Boosting their motivation is the main key so that you can really see what their best abilities are. In this way, you can get better and better results in all your softball drills session.

It is also part of the most important tasks of every coach to make a practice a schedule. He should also keep a record of all the softball drills that are performed in every practice. Make sure also to post the announcements and modifications prior the practice drills. Discipline must be emphasized at all times so that everybody will value every training method that you incorporate in them.

It is also important to note that the coach must learn to build a rapport between him and his team. In this way, no one will be left in the discussions and applications of the new techniques in softball. All is well when everything is crafted in a smooth and well-implemented manner. Also try to address them on their first name so that they can really feel that you treat them close to you.

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