Try these [tag]girls softball drills[/tag] sent in by Patricia and by Trish. They offer some fresh ideas for [tag]batting[/tag] [tag]drills[/tag] and for dealing with different skill levels on your team.
Soft Toss Change- We all know about soft tossing to batters for batting [tag]practice[/tag]. Here’s a change. Use different colored golf sized waffle balls; put three of different colors in your hand and toss at the same time, call a color and the [tag]batter[/tag] must hit the color you called. You can change it up by making a game, the one who misses is out until you have a winner who’s hit all the colors you called.
Another batting tip – throw Skittles from about 20-25 feet – the player must tell you what color you tossed as they try to hit it.
I coach [tag]softball[/tag] to 7 & 8 year old girls in [tag]little league[/tag] and I have girls at all levels – 3 of the 12 have never played before this year so it is very difficult to keep them all occupied at the same time.
For [tag]warm ups[/tag] I let 2 girls each night pick a song from a choice of 3 CD’s and they lead the exercises/ warm ups- and then, so there is not a lot of chasing the ball I have divided them up by level and ability for throwing drills. That has worked out great.
I surely can’t have a girl that has played for 3 years throw with a girl who has never played before. I must divide the girls in stations during practice as well- with groups of usually 3 or 4 at a time plus that lessens the talking and carrying on.