This youth softball drill is for outfield throwing to home. The goal is to teach the kids not to rainbow the ball to home, to throw at cutoff’s head at all times, throw on a line.

Youth Softball Outfield Drill
First, place a bucket at home plate ( upright or lay it down, does not matter).
Then align your outfielder in position.
I align myself as the cutoff for starters.
Throw them a fly ball have them catch it and throw it home.

In a perfect throw, I should have to duck slightly and the ball would take 1-3 hops and hit the bucket.   When they throw, if I don’t have to duck……we start over.

I am about 1.5 feet taller than most of my kids, so for starters it gives them room for error.   Once they have gotten me to duck consistently, then I replace myself with a kid from the team and they try to throw at his head.   At the same time we are working on where the throw ends up.

The trajectory of the throw is the goal.

We started doing this drill last year and actually threw 3 kids out at the plate last year.   Not bad for 10 yr old league.

    2 replies to "Youth Softball Outfield Drill"

    • carol hetman

      I coach an 8u team. We have a relay drill that is excellent. I split the girls up into teams of four or five. Since the girls are so young the can not throw as far so we need more relays. I place one on home one or two to go out. One on infeild. The other team is running bases starting at home one at a time.. A coach throws a pop fly to the furthest out feilder. If she catches it the runner is out. If she misses it we do a relay.Ttrying to get them out before they get to home. If they get home they get a point. You can repeat each team as many times as wanted. My girls loved it. We have gotten many girls out at bases including home during games. It also teaches aggresive base running. They have learned and used the skills from this drill both on offense and defense.

      • Becky

        Awesome! Thanks for the contribution Carol!

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