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Fun softball drills – Fox Trot

Purpose: Some of the more famous world series home run trots include Carlton Fisk's "Get Fair Hop," Kirk Gibson's "Limp" around the bases, Joe Carter's "Get Rid of the Helmet Im so happy" jaunt to home plate, and Babe Ruth's "Called Shot" against the Cubs. Here kids can do their own versions. Having fun in practice should be a part in Coaching Softball.

Procedure: Prepare a bat. Line up at home plate, and take an imaginary home run swing. Then jog or run around the bases. Go one after the other, or wait for the batter to finish his/her turn. The blast should be deep and be no doubter. Be creative and original.

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Fun Softball drills – Tools of the Trade

Purpose: Because diving and sliding are the best places for a uniform to become tangled, stained or ripped, the following activities could be fun. Kids should also know the functions and importance of their uniform and pieces of all kinds. Coaching Softball goes beyond teaching skills.

Procedure: have your players bring hats and uniforms of all kinds. First speak about the honor of wearing a team uniform. Take pride in looking like a ballplayer. Appearance is a direct link to confidence. Make sure the uniform is clean for games. Use bleach for whites. Sew up rips and holes. Wear the stirrups correctly. Wear jersey inside the pants. Leave the jewelry at home. Avoid batting gloves and wristbands altogether. Shine the spikes. Throw away cracked helmets. Soften a glove with shaving cream, Leather Food, or Neat's Foot oil. Break it in by playing catch – not by putting it underneath your mattress. To mold a hat, gently bend/roll the visor on both sides at the same time (no rubber bands). Toss a dirty hat into the washing machine.

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Softball Practice Drills – Liberty Bell

Purpose: Incorporate the sense of hearing into a softball hit and run activity. A good softball coaching tip  would recommend incorporate practicing signals in training

Procedure: Prepare four bases, aluminum bats, helmets and balls. Discuss and demonstrate the philosophy of the hit-and-run (stealing second with a quick look into the plate, batter aiming to hit a ground ball, and runner hopefully advancing to third). Everyone starts at first base. Use a third base coach. Depending on the age (i.e. leads off first base), attempt to steal second against an actual pitcher. The moment the runner looks into home plate, an instructor bangs two bats together (simulating bat-ball contact).  Once hearing the ping, the runner should pick up the instructor on what to do: continue onto third (base hit), hold up (pop-up or fly ball), or slide into second (infield grounder). The runner should also slide into second base if he/she does not hear anything at all. This means the batter either swung and missed or missed the sign. End the activity with live batter (wear helmets). First focus on hitting the ball on the ground (swing no matter where the pitch is) then progress to the opposite field. Tips include chocking up slightly, using a closed stance, shortening the swing, and swinging down.

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Softball Baserunning Drills – Charlie Hustle

Purpose: Compared to his contemporaries, Pete Rose had average baseball talent. With determination, hustle, effort and courage he became an All-Star at five different positions and broke the all-time hit record 1985. This activity gets a group into game day shape. Coaching softball should always incorporate speed in practice.

Procedure: Prepare bases. When conditioning outdoors, run the bases instead of running around a track or field. Start at home plate (take an actual swing) for each phase. Run aggressively and look to advance to the next base. For example: Think double when hitting a single. First, run through the bag at first base (infield grounder). Second, run home to first (single). Third, run home to second (double). Fourth, run home to third (triple). Fifth, run home to home (home run). After each sprint, job to the next base(s) until reaching home plate. Remember, as Coach Dave Smith once said to me "It doesn't take any talent to hustle"

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Softball Base running Drills – Team Base Running Drills

Purpose: Work on the techniques and body movements according to each base. Softball coaching requires to each all skills necessary down to base running.

Procedure: Equipment needed are bases. Use the double safety first base for younger players on each for the runner and fielder. Start with simulated plays (i.e steals) or half-sprints, so the group can repeat the skills over and over. Save the full sprint for when proceeding to the next base or station. Always use actual bases when outdoors, and have an instructor stand at each bag (issue penalties for missing). Go individually home to first one after the other group of three for the other bases. Change the situation after everyone has gone. Add in right and left handed pitchers (softball) plus offensive signals. Modify the below techniques according to the age group and sport.

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Softball Practice Drills-Touch "Em All

Purpose: This is a simple drill to get a group warmed up. Using dynamic warm-up is one softball coaching tip everyone should follow.

Procedure: Prepare four bases. Start everyone at home plate at about 5 to 6 foot intervals apart. Jog around the bases. Make sure to touch each bag. No Passing. Go four times around.

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Softball Drills – Out-Of-Bounds Pop Fly

Purpose: To develop the technique and confidence to catch a ball near stationary objects such as a dugout or fence. Preparing for all possible scenario is a coaching fielding tip one should remember.

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Basic Softball Drills – Rundown Drill

Purpose: To rehearse rundown situations for fielders and runners. Practicing the rundown play is a softball skill a team should do.

Procedure: Have three softball, four bases and gloves ready.Divide the team into four groups of three players. Two teams of three sit out. The other two teams head to the field. Each team positions two fielders on one of the base paths except between home and first. They should stand 15 to 20 feet apart from one another, and one of the players should have a ball. The coach sends a base runner to stand between two of the fielders on one of the base paths. On the "go" command, the base runner attempts either to advance to the next base or return to the base he came from. The fielders throw the ball back and forth to one another as they try to tag the runner out. After the team completes the rundown (which should take no more than 10 seconds) rotate in the teams that sat out. Coaches can also set up mock base paths in other locations away from the field so that every player actively participates at the same time.

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Fun Softball Drills – Green Monster

Fun Softball Drills – Green Monster
Purpose: In honor of the left field wall at Fenway Park, this competitive outfield game combines aggressiveness, communication,
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Procedure: Cones, balls, gloves and fence.  Align two teams on each side of the outfield or foul fences. Use cones to establish out
of bounds on both sides. Players should throw the ball back and forth over the fence. Any ball hitting the ground becomes a point
for the throwing team. Fielders need to communicate upon catching the ball. Play to a set score, or use a score format,

Purpose: In honor of the left field wall at Fenway Park, this competitive outfield game combines aggressiveness, communication, and the clutch catch.  Softball coaching entails preparation and preparing fun games will make practice more interesting for the young players

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Softball Infield Drills – Bounder Drill

Softball Infield Drills – Bounder Drill
Purpose: To improve the infielder's ability to catch a softball that is hit hard into the ground and is bouncing slowly toward him. It is important to have fielders practice fielding ground balls, this is a good  <a href="http://www.softballperformance.com/softball-fielding/developing-a-middle-infielder.html"> softball fielding tips</a> for beginners
Procedure: Have a crate of softball, a fungo bat, glove. The infielders assume their positions and ready themseIves for play. The feeder uses a fungo bat to hit a slow, choppy ground ball toward a specific infielder. The fielding player should round his path to the ball so that his momentum is toward the direction in which he is throwing. The right-tranced fielder should field the ball on the left of his midline. After fielding the ball, the player should take an additional step with his right foot and simulate a throw to first base. When fielding a ball hit to the left of his midline, the right-handed player should make sure that the ball is fielded just outside his left foot. When using his barehand to field the ball, the player should make sure that the ball is fielded just outside his right foot and throw on the run.
This drill may be initiated with the feeder throwing the ball to the infielder. The infielder should attempt to field all bounders with his glove-hand, unless the situation demands extraordinary speed in securing the ball and delivering it
to the specified base.

Purpose: To improve the infielder's ability to catch a softball that is hit hard into the ground and is bouncing slowly toward him. It is important to have fielders practice fielding ground balls, this is a good  softball fielding tips for beginners

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