Rob and Rachel came up with some great suggestions for [tag]drills[/tag] for [tag]softball and coaching[/tag].   Keep ‘em coming!Softball and Coaching

From Rob…
Hey, I’m new to [tag]coaching[/tag], but I found that I had a problem with my 7 & 8 year old [tag]softball[/tag] team.

They [tag]field[/tag] the ball just fine, but they will sit back and wait for the ball.   As you all probably know, the other teams keep beating out the [tag]throw[/tag].   So I came up with a little [tag]drill[/tag] to help with this.

I had each [tag]infielder[/tag] charge on the ball as soon as it was hit.   Not run in full speed, but get moving in the direction of the hit ball.   So no matter were the ball was hit, they had to charge.   We then added [tag]runners[/tag] to spice it up a bit and low and behold, they were getting it.   They also were able to get to more ground balls than before.

I know that this seems to be a basic drill, but it sure helped my players perform better.

From Rachel…
One of our favorites is to hit the ball either to right or left side.

Game: Coach or kiddo pitch, teams equally divided, all players to right of 2nd (or to left depending);
all players hit,

no outs kept – just runs which are counted going from home to 1st to 2nd to home to score.