Tip of the Month

TECHNIQUE FOR LEFTY SLAPPERS

Here are some quick keys for helping your lefty slappers become more consistent and effective: Line up about middle of box with bellybutton near middle of plate As pitcher delivers the ball player either takes a cross-over step with the back foot,...

 

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Throwing Accuracy Tip

To help your players be much more accurate with their throws teach your players to always point the instep of their throwing-side foot (right foot for righthanded throwers and left foot for lefthanded throwers) at their target as they begin...

 

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Defense – Read the Play

In football, they teach the quarterback to read the defense while his feet are moving and that once his feet stop moving it's time to throw. In other words, know where your likely play is before you make it. We...

 

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Defense – Calm Minds

To help your defense make better plays get your defensive players to calm down their minds. The offense wants the defense to have busy and hectic minds filled with hesitation and confusion. Instead drill your players while on defense to...

 

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Practice – Planning

When planning your practices be sure to teach skills based on a progression going from easiest and building up to hardest. Take individual defense - the progression would be: First teach your players to Catch & Throw, then Catch &...

 

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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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