Softball Spot features more than 582 free softball drills for hitting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and conditioning. Everything you need to engage your girls in practice, improve their skills, and win more softball games!
Helps players learn to get out of the box quickly, emphasizing the acceleration phase of the sprint to first
You can run this drill in the infield, or set up a home plate and first base in the outfield the appropriate distance apart.
Players line up at home plate with a bat and helmet.
The first player in line steps up to the plate and gets in her normal batting stance.
He simulates a full, game-like swing, drops the bat, then explodes to first base with three powerful strides.
He sprints hard through first base, then breaks down to slow into an athletic position.
Repeat with the next player in line.
During the acceleration phase, the baserunner’s strides should be short and powerful. As she picks up speed, the stride should lengthen
Try to touch the front part of the bag with your foot – it’s the closest to home and will save a fraction of a second
Coaches can time the sprint from home to first and keep track of progress throughout the year
Make it harder: Take three powerful strides, then take a quick peek into the field to locate the ball. In a live situation, this would influence their decision to run straight for first or start taking a turn for a potential double. After touching first base and breaking down, take another peek into the infield and locate the ball again.
Make it easier: Skip the swing and just have players sprint from home to first. Then introduce the bat and the swing after they get the hang of it.
Teaches players how to execute a safe bent-leg slide with proper technique, starting with the basics.
You can do this drill in the infield or set up in any grassy area.
Players learn how to safely execute a bent-leg slide
Start by having all players sit on the ground and extend one leg out while tucking bottom leg under their knee, forming a figure four. extend their arms overhead and lift their legs slightly off the ground to feel the correct body position and weight distribution. Try extending either leg to see what’s more comfortable.
Players stand up and spread their arms out wide. They imagine kicking an imaginary soccer ball with the lead foot, then bend the opposite leg and sit down on the ground, extending the hands up over the head.
Set a cardboard box, slip-and-slide, plastic tarp or other smooth surface on the ground. Players run half-speed, then break down and slide across the surface.
Finally, players a live slide into a base in the infield or outfield.
Ask players to wear sliding shorts or other protective clothing
Use an unanchored base.
Loosen the dirt in the sliding area to reduce friction.
Make it harder: Have players hold a softball, water cup or other small object in each hand to avoid bringing their hands to the ground.
Make it easier: Coaches can hold the slider’s hands and help lower her down if necessary.
Group your players into pairs based on similar throwing/catching abilities.
All players should have a glove, and one player in the pair should have a ball.
Make two lines, with pairs facing each other about 15 feet apart (the distance can be adjusted based on age/ability of players).
Set up a series of golf holes to practice throwing on different parts of the field.
Assign each foursome to a different softball golf hole.
To begin, all four players in each group stand at the tee box and take turns throwing toward the hole. If they do not put the ball in the hole, they walk over to the ball position and continue throwing until they do.
Play continues until all four players have each put their ball in the hole.
The winner of each hole is whoever put their ball in the hole with the fewest number of throws.
After one hole is finished, have the groups rotate to the next hole to begin again.
Encourage your players to use different types of throws to cover different stances. The first throw (or “tee” shot) should be a long throw. The shorter throws (closer to the hole) should be dart throws or underhand flips.
Make it harder: Use cones to create penalty areas near the hole. If the ball lands inside, it’s a one throw penalty.
Make it easier: Start with very simple holes that are reachable in one or two throws. Then progress to longer holes that require more throwing distance.
To help improve throwing accuracy and ability to get a ball from outfield to the infield.
Divide players into two teams.
Position one team in a line in right center and another team in left center.
One player from each team should take a position in the infield (as shown).
Place a coach near each team with a bucket of balls to begin the drill.
At home plate, position an empty trash can on it’s side so kids can throw a ball inside (this is the target).
All players should have gloves.
Teams compete to relay the ball from the outfield to the infield, then make an accurate throw to the target at home.
Teams take turns executing this drill. One coach begins the drill throwing a ball high and behind their outfield line. The first player in the outfield line must field the ball and throw it to the infielder.
The infielder should them pivot to their glove side and throw the ball toward the open trash can.
Team gets a point when ball hits the trash can.
After one team is done, the other coach immediately begins same drill with the other team. They alternate back and forth.
Players rotate positions, infielder goes to back of outfield line, outfielder moves to infield, and next player in line becomes outfielder.
Infielder must prepare to receive outfields throw by creating a good target with arms extended at shoulder height.
Outfielders should use a crow hop or shuffle step to build momentum for the throw.
Make it harder: Have the outfield line start all the way on the warning track.
Make it easier: Start with just the throw from the infield to the outfield. Then practice the throw from the outfield to the infield cutoff. Then progress to the complete drill including the relay and the throw to home.