Fastpitch Softball is becoming more popular among high school girls nowadays. Adults on the other hand, are enjoying slow pitch softball leagues. All these players like you have to start somewhere. There are plenty of softball drills to groom you.
Assuming you fully understand the softball guide and the basics of softball. Doing some conditioning drills are next. Softball conditioning is crucial for every team.
Below are some softball drills that you can try. These exercises will help you and your team to condition and improve your skills at the same time.
- Pepper – it is a time-tested drill that is also used in baseball. This drill is suitable for both beginners and expert players alike. You need to play pepper with four to five players. All of you will alternate positions. Do this in a 15-foot radius.
The batter will stand facing the teammates with softball glove. They must be arranged in a semicircle. A fielder will toss the ball to the batter. The batter will either tap back a ground ball or a line drive. Whoever fields the ball must immediately toss it back to the batter.
The batter will hit back the ball again using a softball bat. Then after some few pitches, the batter can switch positions with the other fielders. The Pepper drill promotes bat control. It also builds camaraderie among teammates and enhances their fielding abilities.
- Zip Drill – in this drill all the players of the team will line up in two equal lines. They should line-up side by side, 20 feet apart from each group. Player number one will throw the ball to his opposite player. That opposite player will fire the ball to the next person from the one whom he received it.
The player will now throw it to player number two and so on. The ball should “zip” back and forth as quickly as possible. The coach may set a certain goal on how quick the ball should be. The zip drill is a good form of exercise.
Likewise, it also helps in developing the team’s quick release and throwing accuracy.
- Relay Race – an accurate and fast relay is a crucial fundamental in softball. It is necessary if the ball is struck into the outfield. The infielder races to the outfield grass and will catch a direct throw from the outfielder.
In the relay race, three to four teams will line-up parallel to each group. Each team must be composed of an outfielder, a catcher and an infielder. In the relay race, three to four teams will line-up parallel to each group. Each team must be composed of an outfielder, a catcher and an infielder.
On the whistle, the outfielder will throw the ball to the infielder. The infielder will turn his non-throwing shoulder towards home plate. Then, he will fires the ball to the catcher.
Do this to each group at the same time. This is to determine which group can relay the ball faster to their last player.
The drill helps in improving the team’s ability to force out the base runners. They can also develop quick hands and learn how line themselves for a throw. It is also a good practice that helps build bonds among players.
- Flip – gather the team in a circle. Using two softballs. Have two players to start with the ball in their softball glove. These two players should “flip” the ball to the next player but only with the use of their gloves.
You are not allowed to use throwing hands and cannot catch the ball with the glove. If you mess out and are unable to flip the ball, you will be out in the game. It is a last man standing game. This drill creates great team camaraderie. It can also use as warm-up to psyche-up your team players before the game.
All these conditioning drills can help you and your entire team. They aim to help you reach your maximum potentials. Other conditioning methods include agility workouts and plyometric. These routines aim to increase the players’ tempo and enhance their playing power.
Moreover, these drills serve as exercises to improve your form, health and aid recovery. You can experience a great workout while honing your softball skills and techniques. Take note that some of these drills can be used indoors.