I’m often asked for fresh ideas for softball coaching tips. Here’s a simple (but messy) coaching drill that will pay huge dividends with your team.
Coaching Tip: Orange Juice Batting Drill
I coach softball to 7/8 year olds. It is a coach pitch league and one problem that we have with the kids is listed below:
1. They hit hard off the tee and with a hitting stick but when soft tossed or pitched to, they only take a half strength swing.
2. The problem is that they are so worried about hitting the ball that their strength and speed are not incorporated into the swing.
3. I like to have them hit fruit–ex. I will pitch oranges at them instead of softballs. It is very surprising how hard they will swing to destroy an orange. I also toss large grapes at them to help improve their hand/eye coordination.
4. Clean up is a bit of a mess but they learned how hard we want them to swing.