This is a video of a coaching session with Mike Candrea, the head softball coach of the women’s Olympic softball team, on the topic of baserunning. Candrea starts by stating that there are two keys to a good offensive player – the ability to swing the bat and the ability to run the bases. He emphasizes that being smart and knowing how to run bases properly is just as important as being quick. Candrea then proceeds to discuss baserunning techniques, beginning at home plate, and moving on to each base, including the different leads and responsibilities at each base. When [More]
Simple three player throwing drill emphasizes quick catch and throw that simulates throws that are made in game situations.
This drill works on soft hands and incorporates the double play toss which infielders and outfielders should use at some point in a game.
Nice collection of drills for hitting indoors. One hand drills works each hand separately using a hitting stick and small wiffle balls. My personal favorite is the hitting a wiffle ball on a wiffle ball drill. Make sure to have appropriate size bats available for smaller girls.
Nice breakdown of “old-fashioned” pepper drill. Teaches batter to look the ball in and allows defensive players lots of fielding opportunities. This is a good drill for pre-game also.
Work on defensive fundamentals indoors. Excellent communication drill to help get your players talking.
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.