I got the inspiration for these [tag]fun softball drills[/tag] from Scott. It includes some fresh ideas to work with younger players and their eye hand coordination. Try it out and let me know what you think!
One of the [tag]softball drills[/tag] I do with my kids (6-8 year old level). I break them up in pairs and give them three little bean bags. I separate them by a few feet and put them on their knees and have them toss the bean bags back and forth to each other. They have to catch the bean bags with their “glove” hand.
Every few minutes, we spread them farther apart and get them to their feet, until we get about 10-20 feet. We then play a game to see who can make the most tosses before dropping a bean bag. We keep going until their is only two left.
I found the kids are not worried about being hit with the bean bag and they can concentrate on getting their glove hand to the ball. I don’t tell them what to do other than catching the bean bag with their glove hand. We let their eyes work and the hands follow.
I get the parents to try to do this at home. It works wonders for their eye-hand coordination. When we work with [tag]softball[/tag] and glove, their catching improves ten fold. And they don’t even know it.