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5 Softball Drills Every Coach Should Use

Are you a softball coach struggling to take your team to the next level?

You and your players put a lot of time and energy into practicing and see minimal results come game day.

You don’t have to give up. At the end of the day, we know you love the game and want to be the best team in your league.

Then you need to add these softball drills to your training. Read on to learn more and stay on top of your game.

1. Random-Throw Conditioning

This drill is designed to improve the conditioning of catchers and to practice throws.

For this drill, you need a catcher and a receiver, and about eight balls to start with. Start by placing the balls you need at the home base.

The catcher starts in a squat and then quickly explodes and throws to a receiver in a base, then goes back to catching position until all the balls are gone.

You should repeat this drill and have your catcher throw to a different base each time.

2. Fast Leg Run Drill

This is another of the softball drills that focus on speed and agility. Have your players begin with a light jog to warm up their bodies.

Once they are going at a nice speed they can cycle their legs one at a time on one, two, three, leg up, leg down.

Make sure they keep a nice posture the entire time before adding the arm movement. Have them swing their arms to stay in sync with their running motions.

3. Merry-Go-Round

This drill is for warming up your infielders and work on their ground balls conditioning.

You need to place players on opposite corners of the infield. The hitters throw from the pitching area to the other side of the line. The players will field and run to the end of the line. They should throw ground balls, range balls, fly balls, and scoops to practice all.

4. Obstacle Jumps

This drill is designed to help your players become more powerful and explosive.

The first step is to set the obstacles, about six to twelve inches high. Your players should have their heels together and try not to swing. The movements should be controlled.

Start them jumping side to side and then front and back with both feet. After they complete that set, they can switch to hopping with one foot at a time. Have them repeat this for 3 sets of 10 repetitions.

5. Weave Drill

If you want to improve the conditioning of outfielders to catch fly balls, then this drill is for them.

Start by having four players lined up in left field. Add a fifth player to be the tosser.

The tosser throws to the first player. And the first player throws it back to the tosser, then the player runs to center field and catches another ball thrown by the initial tosser.

They repeat these weave-like movements as they go all around the field and touching on all the bases.

Which are Your Favorite Softball Drills?

When looking for softball drills it’s important to make them a combination of conditioning and power.

We hope these tips will help you improve your coaching game.

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