These are some of my favorite softball batting tips that I have used over the years. The kids love them and their hitting skills improve tremendously.
Increased Batting Power
One drill that I use to help increase bat power is having the players swing through an old football tackling dummy. Even though they cannot maintain the same speed throughout the swing, I always emphasize the importance of finishing the swing and holding the finishing pose. This drill has really helped our team’s bat speed.
Here’s a quick batting drill we do. I throw the ball up and let the kids hit the ball into a net, the fence, or whatever. The catch is that we start with softballs, then tennis balls and finally with ping pong balls.
After a while of that combo we mix it up so the batter now has to have a keen eye on the target and a quick reflex on when to swing at the target.
Here are a couple of things I’ve tried at my practices for softball hitting drills and rec’d positive feedback from players and parents. Telling kids to “keep your eye the ball” gets a little monotonous after awhile. Try pitching marshmallows.
They’re small and hard to hit and the kids have a great time trying to hit them. I’ve also used different colored water balloons and made them yell out the color of the balloon as they try to hit it.