Chris from Iowa sent in a request for a fielding drill for girls softball he could use with his team. Here are two softball drills sent to me by Fred and by Shawna.
I coach younger girls 8-10 but have also used this for some of the older ones for different reasons.
Hoola hoop drill.
To assist younger kinds in judging the balls trajectory on fly balls and build confidence. Teach them to keep their glove arm down when they are running.
Each girl has a hoola hoop around their waist.
The coaches stand back with a bunch of tennis balls and throw pop flys.
Girls try and get the ball to land inside the hoola hoop.
Can be incoporated into a game of 500 up.
I’m coaching 7 & 8 year old girls. Most have never played before.
In getting them in a defensive position to field a ball, we pretend that we are a back stop. Legs open, knees bent (like sitting in a chair). Back stop can shuffle to the right or left in order to keep the ball coming directly at the back stop.
I know it’s a no brainer but it seems to help a lot. They can visualize their body as a backstop and understand how they need to be in position.