I coach a great group of 5 and 6 year old kids who love to have fun. Here is one of our favorite [tag]fun coaching drills for softball team[/tag]–we held a competiton that we called the “Softball Olympics”.
I divided the [tag]softball team[/tag] into equal group’s bases on talent and let them pick their team name. We had four different events in the “Olympics”, and assigned a point value for each win. They also got deducted a point if they did not stay in line and for not listening.
The first event was all about speed, we timed each team member as they ran from home to second. Then we add each time together to determine a winner.
Second event was catching. I stood on the pitchers mound and would throw to the [tag]softball[/tag] player standing on home plate 3 times each. The team that had the most catches was the winner.
Third event was throwing. I stood them in a line at the pitcher’s mound, and had them throw at a ball on a tee at home plate. The team that knocked it off the most was the winner.
The fourth event was hitting. Each player got to hit three softballs, and the team that hit the fence the most was the winner.
Finally, we added up all of the points and deducted the point for not staying in line and not listening, and determined the winning team. I gave all of the kids on the winning team a prize.
As you can see it is very important to divide the kids up evenly by talent level. The kids had a lot of fun, and even surprised themselves with how well they did at some events (knocking the softball off of the tee). They all really worked together as smaller teams and showed me just how competitive they are.