This is one of my best softball defense drills. I use it often and the results speak for themselves.

Bucket Drill
I line up my players on third base and I am between 3rd and home.
I put one of the girls on first then I roll the ball to the girl on third who then charges the ball and throws to first base where she has a bucket and put the ball in the bucket.

Next go side to side and then throw at their feet.
Then I throw droopers to both sides.
Then they move to shortstop and repeat the drill.

That’s one day and the next day I put a girl on second with bucket and repeat the drill. I start off slow and by the end of the year it gets harder.

The bucket is to bring the balls back to me. Using this drill one year we scored over 250 runs and gave up 25 in 20 games.

Easy Coaching Tips
I know some coaches use the flat glove, but with my minor league softball girls I have them bring one of their mother’s oven mitts for grounders.

For hitting drills I split the girls into two teams. I set up 2 cones in left field, center field and right field. I have the girls practice hitting to all fields. Winning team gets a treat.