I am a big fan of Cindy Bristow and her philosophy of “competition” in practice as well as, “practicing for games.” I use her ideas in my [tag]fastpitch softball practice[/tag] and see immediate performance improvements.
This is an old baseball drill that easily transferred to fastpitch [tag]softball[/tag]:
This [tag]softball drill[/tag] has two teams (split squad) compete against each other: one on defense, one running the bases. The softball coach hits the ball wherever he wants.
A team must make nine consecutive outs. Any mistake pulls the team off the field and the other team goes on defense. Try to simulate all routine situations that come up in a softball game.
I like that it gives you the “competition” practice as well as the mental reinforcement of practicing “perfect” innings.