Tip of the Month

Baserunning – Heads-Up

To help your baserunners see the ball better and make better, and faster decisions, get them to run with their heads UP! It's pretty common for runners to get their heads down when trying to run fast, and while the...

 

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Hitting – Slapping

To help your slappers keep their slaps in fair territory instead of hitting foul balls down the 3rd base line try practicing using real softballs instead of whiffle balls or lite flight balls. Whiffle balls are so light that slappers...

 

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Double Play Practice

The first out of a double play is THE most important out! To help make sure your players execute more successful double plays have them practice feeding the ball at an upward angle toward the player who is receiving...

 

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Catching – Low Pitches

To help your catchers get more low pitches called for strikes have them reach out more for the pitch so their elbow is almost straight, but not stiff. This allows the catcher's glove (with the ball in it) not to...

 

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Fielding – Backhand Toss

Whenever your players have a short distance toss close to a base and the base is on their throwing-hand side, they'll need to use a backhand toss. An important key for this toss includes staying close to the ground by...

 

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Pitching – Dropball (Rollover)

To help your pitcher make her Rollover Drop break more have her dribble a basketball. Avoid using the palm to dribble and use the pads of the pointerand middle fingers instead. Have her dribble a few hard, really pushing down...

 

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Reading Bunt Locations

The next time your team is on defense and the batter is probably going to bunt (right handed bunter), to help figure out if the bunt will be on the left or the right side of the infield have your...

 

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Cover 2nd with your 2nd baseman

Using our Shortstop to cover 2nd base is a very traditional thing to do in softball, but it isn't always the fastest, easiest or even best method of coverage. With a runner on 1st, consider using your 2nd Baseman to cover...

 

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Pitching – Movement & Break

To help pitches move more and break faster, pitchers need to use their thumbs better. Instead of letting the thumb roll down during the release, the pitcher must keep pressure on her grip and keep the thumb straight as long...

 

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Catching – Balance

To help your catchers maintain better balance whether in their signal or receiving stances, have them tilt their knees forward, or down. This will prevent their weight from being back on their rear end and heels.

 

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