Everything can be done better with practice. Softball is no exception. But the question becomes what are some of the best ways to make sure that players are getting the most out of their practice? One of the best ways for a softball team to become stronger is through teaching softball drills. These drills will teach players how to react to different common occurrences on the softball field. But then another question arises. What kind of drills should softball players do? A million different things can happen during a softball game. So the question becomes what are the right kinds of drills that coaches should go through with their players?
This question depends on where players are lacking and where players have strength. It’s a safe best to go with fundamental drills such as the “All Around” drill where players at all the different bases throw from one to the other while other players stand behind the base players in case the throw goes over the base player’s head. This teaches both the base players and the other players about throws and how to correctly line up so as not to miss an important plays.
Another good fundamental drill is the “Dead Ball” drill. This drill teaches players about the importance of fast reaction time when a ball falls dead during play. Players line up behind every base but first and run and throw balls that have been placed “dead” all around the field and throw them to first base. A coach is at first; catching the balls the players throw. This drill illustrates something that happens often in play and helps players react without thinking.
Finally another important all around drill is the “Watch the Ball Through” drill. This helps players watch the ball rather than the base runners. Similar to practicing a play, a coach hits a ball while the many of the players are at all different areas where a ball can land, most especially the foul territories. Also during this drill player begins to run from first base after the coach hits the ball. The ball remains live throughout the drill so players can continue test their watchfulness of the ball while a rival player runs the bases.
These three drills are just some examples that can be put into practice for softball teams that are looking for drills that will help them become better players. Teaching softball drills like these help players react quickly so that they can make the correct decision without having to think about it. But the important thing to remember is that these drills will be of no use if they are applied incorrectly. Certain drills like the “Outfield Throwing” drill are no use to a team that has never had a problem with their throwing, but has always had issue about batting accuracy. So coaches must realize when using these drills they must put the emphasis on the ones that they know will help their team. Teaching softball drills helps strengthen a team’s weaknesses during practice gives a team the much needed edge that they will need to win.