Coming up with new ideas for [tag]coaching college softball[/tag] can sometimes be a challenge. Here are a couple of [tag]drills[/tag] sent in by Peter that work well with all ages.
Teaching Freshman players proper throwing:
I have done this (trick) [tag]softball[/tag] drill with our freshman softball players at the beginning of each season. It has really improved their [tag]throwing[/tag].
Have them partner up in twos or groups of fours. Put down their gloves and softballs. Hand out a football to each group and have them throw it to each other.(give them a quick demo on how to hold and throw the football)I will do this for 10 min. 2 or 3 times in the first week of practice. (it will improve there arm motion, follow thru and accuracy)
I use this drill/game towards the end of a practice. It works on reacting to & feilding grounders, and backing up plays. Have 2 lines facing each other(distance apart depends on level of players, space available, indoors or out)
X X X B P …………..P B X X X
X players in line
B back up player (fields a missed ball)
P player (fields grounder and throws one back)
“P” starts drill by throwing [tag]grounder[/tag] to other team.
1 point is given to throwing team every time a ball gets by player.
Another point is given if the ball gets by the back-up player.
Set boundaries to the right and left (out of bounds) I use the basketball court(paint and free throw line as the box for fielder and back-up player.
Rotate people through “P” fields throw, returns throw and goes to end of line. Back-up player moves up to “P” position, X player moves up to back-up position.
This drill starts out slow and intensity increases as teams try to get the grounder by the opposing player. It also speeds up for the same reason.
Excellent drill for working on [tag]fielding[/tag], reacting to ball, moving right/left, fielding and popping up quick ready to throw and being there to back up a play. Plus it’s good competitive fun(loosing squad picks up equipment at the end of practice)