Teach your kids how to catch, swing, and throw like the pros with these softball drills and practice tips.
Start low and out. Most hitters don’t like that pitch and will let it go by for a free strike. “When in doubt, throw low and out.”
While that may be easy to say it can be tougher to execute. You want to hit the ball with the bat, and the bat is held in the hands, so for many hitters (especially young ones) it makes more sense to lead with the bat.
Just search on “dynamic stretching softball” and you’ll find a wealth of resources that will help you build a warmup that will actually help your team gain a little extra edge while preventing injuries.
Not only is this drill good for building and reinforcing technique, it’s also a great way to help catchers get some conditioning work in without realizing it.
If you’re a pitching coach teaching that stuff, it’s time to refresh your knowledge so you can be sure you’re helping your students become the best they can be.
More often than not, the momentum will force you to take a few steps after your throw as your entire body is being hurled towards your target.
If you are a hitter, the more you understand where you need to make contact with the ball the more likely you will be to adopt a hips-shoulders-bat sequence.
The fact is our eyes (and brains) have an amazing ability to adjust to our surroundings, and to take in and process information while we are on the move. If they didn’t our species would have died off a long time ago.
One other thing you may need to do is have the pitcher throw into a screen or net rather than to a catcher. The reason is psychological.
The margin between winning and losing can often be measured by flexibility in the clutch.
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