Youth Softball Drills – Make a Rag Ball

September 4, 2011 at 10:13 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To provide an alternative to using a hardball for some drills. Modifying equipment can help in coaching youth softball to build confidence.

Procedure: Prepare a box of rags, rolls of masking tape. Distribute the rags among the players, keeping one rag to use for demonstration, Tie a large knot in tie center of the rag. Wrap or crumple tie loose ends around the center knot to give the rag ball shape. Wrap the masking tape around the rag. Make sure to cover all exposed parts of the rag. This ball can be used over and over again and is a great alternative to spending large amounts of money on equipment. The masking tape should not be applied too tight. If it’s too tight the rag ball will have too much bounce. Coaches can use these rag balls in many drills, including the Racquetball Drill and the Toss Drill Over the course of the season, the rag ball will get worn out. Instead of throwing it out, simply apply more layers of tape on top of the existing layers. Some coaches may want to use old newspaper as an allernative to rags. This works well however, additional masking tape is necessary to give the ball its needed weight.

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Youth Softball Drills – Hurry Up

July 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Posted in fielding | Leave a comment
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Purpose: This game preaches aggressive hitting and hustle. It is important to emphasize hustle when coaching softball.

Procedure: Will need a bat, four bases, and jugs foam bill wrapped with athletic tape. Make two teams and an assigned batting order. The pitcher is from the hitting team. This person cannot field any batted ball or else the batter is called out. The hitting team does not have to wait for the fielding team to get ready. Thus, the fielding team has to hustle out to their positions. The pitcher can stand anywhere, but has to be a safe distance away. The batter receives one pitch. A fair ball must be hit or else an out is called. No leading, stealing or bunting. It’s great to see the kids hustle after each third out. They’ll learn to place the next batter as catcher, so she can quickly jump into the batter’s box, Runs are scored in traditional fashion.

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.

Youth Softball drills- Target Drill

April 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To improve throwing accuracy for younger players. Repetition is important when coaching youth softball as to lessen errors.

Procedure: You will need soft-covered softballs, colored masking tape, access to a fence or a wall. On the wall or fence mark off three or four squares with blue painter’s tape, 18 inches by 18 inches. The squares should be about 4 to 6 feet apart from each other. Within the large blue squares mark off smaller squares with white tape. Mark a line on the ground in front of each square. The distance between the line and the box depends on the age and skill level of the players.

Divide the team into as many groups as there are large squares or the fence or wall. Give each player 3 to 5 balls. The first player in each line throws the ball against the fence. Award one point for throwing the ball within the blue square and two points for hitting one of the smaller white squares.

Youth Softball Drills – Overcome Batter’s Fear #2

March 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Hitting | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To alleviate a player’s fear of getting hit by a pitch and to teach a player to keep the back foot planted while batting. Softball hitting will have more success if confidence of the plate is established.

Procedure: One or two wooden two-by-fours approximately 36 inches longer, a soft-covered ball, and a bat. A player takes a natural stance in the batter’s box. Place the two-by-four against the back of the batters back foot. Pitch a soft-covered ball toward the batter. If the ball is a strike, the player should swing the bat. If the ball looks like it might hit the batter, the batter should turn the front shoulder in toward the catcher so that the ball hits him squarely in the back.

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Youth Softball Drills – Overcoming Batter’s Fear Drill

February 25, 2010 at 12:28 am | Posted in Hitting, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To alleviate a player’s fear of getting hit by a pitch.  This drill can be one form of mental training as well for the players to be tough while on the plate.

Procedure: This drill will need access to a chain link fence, a bat, a soft-covered ball.  A pitcher or coach stands on one side of a fence. A batter stands on the other side of the fence facing the pitcher. The distance between the pitcher and batter should be an approximate Little League pitching distance of 45 feet. The pitcher throws a soft-covered ball into the fence. The batter either swings the bat, or she moves away from the oncoming pitch if she thinks the ball would hit her if there were no fence. The coach should throw strikes and wild pitches to keep the batter on her toes.

This is an effective method for alleviating a young batter’s fear of an oncoming ball. Although we teach players to turn into the ball, they can also bail out of the batter’s box. The point of this drill is to teach the players to handle the indecisive moment when they might ‘freeze” at an inside pitch. By repeating this drill, the batter can learn to decide earlier whether to turn or bail.If the ball looks like a strike, the batter should swing. If the ball comes right at the batter, she should turn into the ball so that, if the fence were not there, the ball would hit her in the back or on the helmet. The proper helmet will protect the player’s head and ear. A proper helmet should fit comfortably on a player’s head. It should also be a little snug over the player’s ears.

Fun Softball drills – Kick Softball

October 30, 2009 at 12:43 am | Posted in Hitting, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Teach toddlers about positioning, backing up, and some basic rules of the game.

Procedure: This drill is for the age group of 6-8 equipment required is Bases and Soccer ball. Make a softball hitting and fielding team. Draw a three-foot square in the dirt around home plate. A strike is a ball which rolls over this area, and a ball is for anything outside. Have the pitcher roll the ball to the batter at moderate speed. After a fair ball kick, the batter runs to first base. No leading or base stealing. You can also try kicking a stationary ball.

 

 

Softball Baserunning Drill – Three-Base Sliding

October 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Posted in Base Running | Leave a comment
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Purpose: Softball baserunning drill– To develop proper sliding techniques.

Procedure: Place three bases spaced at least 10 feet part in a grassy area out in foul territory. Divide players into three lines, one line 45 to 60 feet behind each base. Players should not wear cleats for this drill. (This is a safety precaution.) On the “go” command, the first player in each line runs and slides into the base. After sliding, the player returns to the end of the line, and the next person in line slides. When players slide, they must not start the slide too early or too late depending on their age and size, players should begin the slide when they are about three to five feet from the base. Players should lift their hands over their heads when sliding to prevent hand injuries. On the slide, the trail leg bends dramatically 45 degrees or even more while the lead leg bends slightly.

Youth Softball Drills – Bat Size Drill

October 20, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Throwing | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To choose proper bat size and weight so that the batter can hit comfortably.

Procedure: In youth softball drills the selection of bats in various sizes and weights is very important.The player selects the bat that he wants to hit with and holds at by the knob with the arm extended. The arm is extended in front of the player with the bat horizontal to the ground.If the player can hold the position for 30 seconds,the bat size is OK. If he cannot, the bat might be too heavy.If the bat starts to drop or even shake a little in the player’s extended hand, the player should choose a lighter bat.Bat selection is important for softball players of all ages, especially younger ones, because they tend to use bats that are heavier than necessary.

Smaller players should use lighter bats for a quicker swing.Lighter bats also increase bat control.Parents should evaluate different bat sizes and weights for their kids before spending a fortune. Sometimes a $30 bat is just as effective as a $203 bat.Coaches should emphasize the importance of being flexible in bat choice rather than falling in love with a particular bat.

A second technique for selecting a bat is for the player to hold out one hand horizontally. With the other hand, he holds the bat near the end of the handle with the bat resting against his side. The player raises the bal into the same horizontal position as the free hand, without bending the elbow, and holds it for 30 seconds. Not being able to hold up the bat usually means that the bat is too heavy The coach should recommend a lighter bat.

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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!

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