This is one of my favorite [tag]girls softball drills[/tag]. We call this drill the “Star Drill” in our [tag]softball practice[/tag]s.
Have the girls line-up at the tips of a pentagram (5-point star). The lines are equally placed approximately at the positions of Short Stop, 2nd Base, 1st Base, 3rd Base, and Catcher (home plate). Time the girls each week to mark their improvement and error reduction to complete the drill. The girls have to catch the [tag]softball[/tag] and throw it to the next station and hustle to the end of that line or they might be in the middle of the next throw (incentive to hustle). The order of the stations are as follows: SS, 1B, 3B, 2B, Home, and back to SS.
The girls must go through each station (star point) until the girl that started the drill at SS catches the last ball at SS. With our team of about 20 girls, we can get through this [tag]softball drill[/tag] as fast as 90 seconds or as slow as 4 minutes. If a girl misses the throw or drops a catch, she must hustle to get the ball, without help from her teammates, get back to her position before she can throw the ball to the next station. If there is an errant throw, her teammates can “pick-her up” by digging the ball out of the dirt or jumping to catch it.
We do this drill 2-5 times depending on how well we are achieving our goals from the drill. We keep track of the lowest errors and times of the season to compare each week our improvement. It is a great drill to put “game like” pressures on the girls, and it allows them to build cohesiveness and trust.