Softball Throwing Drills – Elimination

July 11, 2010 at 10:20 am | Posted in Outfield, Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Use this as a competitive game during long toss. Stress accuracy and proper throwing technique, especially the follow through.  Softball fielding tip for all players is to develop strength and accuracy for long throws.

Procedure: You will be needing gloves and balls. One partner stands on the foul line and the other in the outfield. The instructor initiates each toss and designates the location of the outfield group. You can only take three steps before throwing. Receivers must catch the ball without it getting by them. You can scoop the ball. Older groups can only take 1 to 2 steps to make the catch, and must not drop the ball. Keep moving back equal steps when groups successfully throw and catch the ball. Use listening skills such as ousting those groups not throwing on the whistle or call. Eliminated groups (sit down) should act as assisting judges. Change partners each day.

You can also vary the rules by only having up to three steps for the catch. Then try a long distance Throwing contest only. Rotate the throwers and then receivers. See which person can throw the ball the farthest. Also, if a ball gets by a receiver that person must throw from the spot where the ball is retrieved. For safety reasons nuke sure eliminated people watch the action away from the field.

Softball Throwing Drills – Bucket Relay

April 9, 2010 at 8:29 am | Posted in Catching, Outfield, Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop techniques for relaying a softball from the outfield to the infield. Don’t forget to remind the outfield to communicate with infield when Coaching softball

Procedure: This drill will need two buckets of softball, six empty plastic buckets, gloves time. Divide the players into two teams, station, one team and a coach in right center, and the otter team and a coach in left center. Each group has a bucket of hardballs. On home plate, stack six empty plastic buckets into a pyramid. Place one player from each team in the infield.

The teams alternate turns. The coach throws the ball high behind the outfielder, preferably hitting the outfield fence. The outfielder turns, locates the ball, runs to it, picks it up, turns, and throws it to the infielder. The infielder pivots after the catch, and throws the ball toward the buckets, trying to knock down as many as possible. The outfielder becomes the infielder, and the infielder goes to the end of the line in the outfield.

Emphasize these four points:

The infielder waves his hands over his head as the outfielder prepares to throw the ball.

The infielder then makes a target for the outfielder with the arms extended at shoulder height.

The ball should hit the infielder at shoulder height.

The infielder must pivot to the glove side whsn turning to throw. The term “glove side” is used rather than “right” or ‘left” because right-handed and left-handed players turn opposite directions before throwing.


Use a garbage can lying on its side instead of buckets. In this case, the infielder must throw the ball into the garbage can after the relay.

Softball Throwing Drills – Long Toss

December 8, 2009 at 2:34 am | Posted in Outfield, Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop arm strength and accuracy. This will help develop good outfielders, check these outfield softball fielding tips.

Procedure: Have one ball for each pair of players¬† and gloves. Divide the team into pairs. Partners should be of similar age and skill level. Players stand facing each other approximately 30 feet apart. Increase the distance as the season progresses. Each pair has a softball. On the “go” command, one partner throws to the other, and when the coach yells “Go” a second time the partners throw the ball back. Players move back 5 to 10 steps after each pair of throws. Coaches should move up and down the line to make sure players are using correct throwing form, specifically the follow-through. When the players are 80 to 100 feet apart or more, encourage smaller players or those who are not as strong to get the ball to their partner on one bounce. A variation is for everyone to try to reach their partners on one bounce. Then try two bounces.

This drill is now recognized as one of the best methods for stren gth-ening a player’s throwing arm. Players should “crow hop” before throwing the ball, to gain extra power for the throw. The crow hop is a small hop that a fielder makes just before throwing, in order to gain momentum. Coaches should monitor this drill closely and ask if anyone’s arm hurts. Players with sore arms should stop the drill. When they’ve recovered, they can build up strength more gradually.

Variation: Players throw to their partners, as in the standard drill, but if a pair makes a bad throw, that team sits down. The drill continues until just one pair is left.

Softball Throwing Drills – Heave-Ho

October 16, 2009 at 12:06 am | Posted in Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: This game emphasizes softball throwing drills to different spots in the diamond.

Procedure: Anything used for a real game (no bats).Rules.- IVlake two teams. Treat this as a regular game except the batter catches the ball from the pitcher (use gloves). The batter then throws the ball anywhere into the field of play. A foul ball is an out. A batter is also out if he/she misses or drops the pitch (must be a strike for this to occur). Batters have three seconds in which to throw. No burning.

Softball Pitching Drill – T- Drill

October 16, 2009 at 12:02 am | Posted in Pitching, Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: This is a competitive Softball Pitching Drill.

Procedure: Protective screen or soft toss net, tee, and regulation balls. Ruks: Set up a screen or net just behind home plate. Place a tee, with a ball on top of it, on the plate. Pitchers throw from the rubber. For indoors, use a portable mound and measure off the proper pitching distance according to the age level. Three pitches per perron. An instructor should record the points (see below). Declare a winner per station, age group, or up to 25 points, for example. Assign a set pitching order. Attempt to maintain equal rounds of throwing. The on-deckperson should be the hall feeder. Pickup the halls as a group. Older players can alternate between the four- and two-seam fastballs as well at the stretch and wind-up.

Scoring includes:

3 points: Pitch which hits the ball off of the tee.

2 points: Pitch which hits the tee (pole only).

1 point: Pitch which hits the screen.

Softball Throwing Drills – Flick Drill

October 6, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Posted in Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To practice good wrist action.To observe good rotation of the softball.

Procedure: Players set up with a partner or a target at a distance of 7 to 10 feet, with one softball. Apply a proper four-seam grip to the ball. Your glove will support your throwing elbow at dual height. Your elbow will be bent 90 degrees, Cock your wrist so the ball faces the sky. The ball should be in a position above eye level. From this starting position,flick the ball to the target using only your wrist.This softball throwing drill is also effective for pitchers as they develop new pitches such as the curve ball or circle change.

Softball Tips: Third-Base Drill

September 24, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Posted in Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop the softball throwing accuracy and strength to make the throw from third base to first base

Procedure: Equipment required is four softballs, gloves, time taken 6 to 10 minutes. Divide the players into three groups and station them at home plate, third base, and first base. Each player should have a glove. Each group forms a line behind its base. The first person in the line is the first to field the ball. The players behind the fielders are backups. The coach hits a ground ball to the first person in line at third base. The fielder at third base throws it to the fielder at first base. The fielder at first base throws it to the fielder at home plate. After the first person at third base fields the ball and throws to first base, he moves to the end of the line and becomes a backup as the second person in line rotates forward and becomes the fielder. This rotation occurs at each base. After each player goes through the line two or three times, the coach yells “Rotate.” Each group moves clockwise to the next base; the third-base fielders move to first base, and the first-base fielders move to home plate. This is a good softball warm-up drill to use at the beginning of practice. It emphasizes throwing to first base from third base, which is one of the longest and most difficult throws for youth softball players.

Softball Throwing Drills – Timed Throws

March 2, 2009 at 3:09 am | Posted in Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: This drill helps players work on softball throwing mechanics by measuring the speed of the release and throw by timing the ball from glove to glove. This excercise shows that a straight-line throw is a lot faster than a rainbow throw.

Procedure: Players need to form a single-file line in left field. A player tosses the ball to herself, catches it, and throws to the catcher at home plate. Draw a throwing line that players must stay behind so that all are throwing the same distance. This drill in useful in tryouts.


Young Girls Softball Drills – Release and Spin

October 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm | Posted in Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Allows the fastpitch softball defense to develop proper release and spin.

Procedure: Partners face each other from about six feet away. One player holds the ball in her throwing hand with proper grip and puts the throwing-arm elbow in her glove at about chest height. Partners throw the ball back and forth at least 25 times. This excercise isolates the wrist action so that the players can feel this particular component. They should feel the wrist action, emphasize proper release, and check the vertical spin.

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