This video talks about the four quadrants of the base and which should be used for rounding the base. When rounding the base, the runner should hit the front inside corner and use the base as a push off point to accelerate the runner toward the next base. The player should make the tightest turn possible when rounding the base and each player will have different optimum turns and distances they need to swing out. The key to the turn is that you want a straight line from first base to second base. Make sure the turn is in stride [More]
This video explains how to break in a new glove using glove oils or cream, a ball, glove bands and a mallet.
This video details proper shoulder rotation when hitting a fastpitch softball. The video compares a correct rotation side-by-side with one that is incorrect. Both videos are stopped and graphically diagrammed for visual reference. The main point is that the shoulder does not rotate on the same axis as the hips do.
Various infield drills by Mike Candrea focusing on quickness and accuracy. Drills that work backhand, short hops, slow rollers, charging the ball, picking a hop and more.
The toe touch position is one of the most important to look at in hitting. All great hitters get to the toe touch position differently. Toe touch is important because it is the last position we are in before swinging. This video recaps what happens at toe touch from the ground all the way up to the arms and hands.
When your team is focusing on softball hitting, you want to do your best to have as many players hitting at one time. The above video addresses this topic. This video first shows an example of a typical boring practice. For the first twenty seconds, you’ll just observe…does it looks like your type of practice? Instead of having twelve girls standing around, only one girl hitting, and the coach trying to pitch at the speed the hitters are used to, amp up your practice to allow all of your players participate in various drills. After watching a boring practice, you’ll [More]
This softball baserunning instructional video details proper run through and breakdown when running through first base. Emphasis is put on hitting the outside front corner of base (not top of base) which is the closest place to touch. The player should look toward the field after crossing the base and breaking down to find the ball. Video also explains rule of making an attempt (feinting) toward second base and in what instances you can and cannot be tagged out. Proper base turns are also demonstrated using a gradual swing out as opposed to a “question mark” when running to first [More]
If you don’t have the luxury of living in California, Florida or other warm places, your team will probably have to take it indoors for winter practices. In this video, Jordan Stevens, head coach of Valpo University’s softball team presents their indoor practice drills.
This video goes into the importance of the sacrifice bunt and how each player on the team should be able to execute the sacrifice bunt. There are three keys to a sacrifice bunt. The first key is stance and there are two ways to stand to sacrifice bunt. The first stance squares your body up completely toward the pitcher. The second stance is to turn to face the pitcher without squaring your lower body. The second key to sacrifice bunting is hand placement. The top hand should be brought up the bat and hid behind the barrel and the bottom [More]