We had been having difficulty getting the girls to throw hard to first base. I’m not sure how or where I came up with these [tag]softball coaching techniques[/tag] to improve my players throwing skills but I decided to track down an archery target with a colored bullseye.
My players would lob and “shot put” the [tag]softball[/tag]a over and the ball would land in the dirt just in front of our first baseman making it even harder for her to catch. Guess the girls were afraid they were going to hurt the first baseman.
I found the archery target for about $150 including the stand on the internet. So during [tag]softball practice[/tag] we wheeled out the target and set it up over first base.
During infield we made a contest out of it to see who could hit the target the most. The girls loved it.
As they became more concise with their throws we then made the game more challenging by rewarding points for only the throws that hit the small red bullseye in the middle.
Needless to say after just one practice with the archery target they no longer lobbed the ball into 1B.