I’m often asked for new softball [tag]coaching[/tag] ideas. Mike sent in this [tag]softball coaching tip[/tag] that will pay huge dividends with your team.
I don’t know how novel this idea is, but it works from T-ballers all the way through 9-10 yr olds. And it’s a great [tag]softball[/tag] [tag]drill[/tag] for summer that always turns into fun!
I have them play [tag]catch[/tag] with small water balloons, using their gloves, to teach them to have a “soft” glove on catches. It really works, then I move them farther and farther apart until they start breaking. That’s when the fun starts!
The night before, I’ll fill about 100 balloons, about the size of a softball, carry them in a Rubbermaid tote. I usually also call the parents to let them know to bring a towel or change of clothes, the parents get into it also.
That’s it. Nothing too magical, but a lot of fun, and you can see them “give” with their glove catching their next fly ball. Hope it helps!