Kevin and Jeff came up with some great suggestions covering [tag]little league softball[/tag] [tag]drills[/tag].Â Keep â€˜em coming!
Kevin’s coaching idea is for the T-ball age group (or for any beginners).Â I found that I was spending a great deal of time trying to explain and/or physically position the playersâ€™ feet in the proper places while at bat.Â Five-year-olds just donâ€™t understand the concept of â€œshoulder-widthâ€.Â So, my solution was to take an old doormat and place a piece of duct tape where each foot should be placed.Â Then we simply placed the mat at the appropriate place beside home plate.Â The kids could get in the battersâ€™ box and get into the correct position quickly and easily.Â Â
The mat is easy to make, cheap, and portable.Â By the end of the [tag]softball[/tag] season, all the other T-ball teams in our league had either asked to borrow our mat or had made their own.
I call this the Two Ball Drill:
Player 1 stands still with two balls as player 2 is 15 feet away (directly in front of player 1).
Player 1 rolls one ball to the right or left of player 2.Â Player 2 shuffles, breaks down, and fields the ball cleanly and tosses it back to player 1.Â As the ball is being tossed back, player 1 then rolls the other ball the opposite direction of the first ball they tossed.Â Player 2 must now shuffle to field ball 2 claenly and then tosses back to player 1.Â You continue this for 12-20 tosses and then switch.Â
A good [tag]conditioning[/tag] [tag]drill[/tag] that works best with players 10 and up.