Try these [tag]slow pitch softball batting practice drills[/tag] with your team to improve your teams hitting skills. The effects are immediate!
My girls were stopping their swings during games recently and this reminded me that I hadn’t done this batting “basketball” drill in awhile. We broke out this drill and after only 4 hits with the bb drill the girls were hitting doubles and triples in the next game.
Take half deflated basketballs and place them on a tee. Have the girls set up in a normal batting stance. When they swing it forces them to follow through and shows them whether the stopped the swing or not.
PURPOSE: This increases the power of the swing but also stops that half swing that causes the ball to just drop on the dirt. It insures that they remember to follow-through on the swing.
I teach my [tag]softball[/tag] team that [tag]bunting[/tag] is as simple as “catching the ball with the bat”.
To show this, I have the athlete stand in the batters box in sacrifice bunting position squared up to the pitching machine without a bat. We use lite-flite foam balls and pitch to the batter. The right handed batter then literally catches the ball with her right hand; a left handed batter catches the ball with her left hand. Those are the hands that control the location of the bat.
This works really well when trying to teach a right handed hitter to bunt from the left side, because in most cases she usually catches the ball with her left hand anyway. You could also use a harder ball and have the batter wear a mitt on her catching hand. After a few successful catches or deflections (it is sometimes difficult to squeeze the foam ball with a bare hand), put a bat in her hand.
You should find improvement in eye-hand-bat-ball coordination resulting in improved bunting skills which should carry over to improved hitting as well.