Tip of the Month

Pitching – Breaking Pitches

To help your pitcher's breaking pitches move more have them feel their finger pads when they grip the ball the same way they feel them when they release the pitch. Too often pitchers don't feel their pads until they are...

 

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Pitcher/Catcher Relationships

This tip provided by Michele Smith. To help pitchers and catchers work better together think about their relationship this way: Pitchers are the train and catchers are the tracks. The catchers job is to steer the pitchers where she wants her...

 

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Strategy: Softball Terminology

We often use words in softball that mean something to those of us using them all the time, but that are almost impossible to find in any rulebook or dictionary. So here's what a few softball terms mean: Fungo: This is...

 

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Catcher – Foul Balls

Have you ever stood in the dugout excited that your pitcher was able to get their best hitter to pop up a ball foul, behind home plate, only to watch your catcher turn the wrong way, do a few circles...

 

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TEAM CHEMISTRY – DEALING WITH FEAR

Here's an exercise that's great to help your players see that everyone has fears, that being afraid or nervous about a big game is something that's common. But, more importantly we're able to acknowledge these fears and get rid of...

 

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Pitching: Drop Ball

To help make sure that the Drop ball really does drop, a pitcher needs to make sure her body is over her front foot at release. To help make this much easier, try this - have your pitcher bring her...

 

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Hitting – Seeing the MIDDLE

If you're tired of telling your hitters to keep their eye's on the ball, you aren't alone. But, while that won't help you, this might - have your players think about seeing the MIDDLE of the ball, and then hitting...

 

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Defensive Strategy: Fielding Tip

Teach your Left and Right fielders that anytime a ball is hit between where they're playing and the foul line, that the ball is going to keep moving toward the line. Too often outfielders chase a ball like this and...

 

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Rundowns

Rundowns occur at different times throughout the season and our teams could really benefit from being better at them. Here are a few tips on how to improve your Rundows: Always follow your throw (instead of backpeddling to where you came...

 

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Pitching – Lawnmower

If your pitcher throws a Peel Drop (Instead of a Rollover Drop) then have her think about starting a lawnmower with her hand as she releases the ball. This powerful pullback motion will help the pitcher force the ball to...

 

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Catching – Throwing Footwork

When making a throw down to 2nd base, your catcher will probably need different footwork on an inside pitch than when she catches an outside pitch. Whenever a catcher receives the ball away from her throwing hand she can't take...

 

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Pitching – Change Ups

On the change up, if you're trying to help your pitchers motion look more like the motion on her fastball then try this: have your pitcher throw her changeup using the walk-through motion she no doubt uses during warmups. The...

 

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