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Softball Clinic. Beginning thoughts…. Softball IS NOT baseball! You can’t coach girls, the way you coach boys! “Boys need to win to feel good, girls need to feel good to win!” Hitting may be the hardest to teach, but when the player gets older, throwing is the hardest to correct!.

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Beginning thoughts
Beginning thoughts…

  • Softball IS NOT baseball!

  • You can’t coach girls, the way you coach boys!

    “Boys need to win to feel good, girls need to feel good to win!”

  • Hitting may be the hardest to teach, but when the player gets older, throwing is the hardest to correct!


Coaching resources
Coaching Resources

  • Books

  • Movies/Videos

  • Clinics

  • Internet sites

    • http://www.lvsoftball.org

    • http://www.decatursports.com/softball_drills.htm

    • http://www.batspeed.com/sitemap.html

    • http://www.eteamz.com


Equipment

Balls

Gloves

Bats

Batting helmets

Catcher’s gear

Other “Stuff”

Cleats

Glasses/Sun glasses

Sports rated

Leg Guards

Sliding shorts

Game Face

Types

Selection

Player needs to feel comfortable!

Safety check before each use

Care and Conditioning

Equipment


Setting up the field
Setting up the field

  • Safety check

    • Walk the field

    • Remove/Identify Hazards

  • Setting up the bases

    • 60’ square (to center of 2nd base)

    • Double first base, Orange toward stands

  • Control the dugout!

    • Swinging bats

  • Know where the first aid supplies are!

    • Know where you are if you need to call for help!

    • ICE!


Tips and tricks bag

Try to get the players as many “touches” as possible.

Don’t be afraid to ask parents for help!

Assign jobs

Assistant Coaches

Team Parent

Coordinates Snacks

TREATS!

Water Balloons

Knotted towel

Rope and wiffle ball

Softie Softballs

Colored balls

Wiffle golf balls

Tips and “Tricks” Bag


Sample practice

Run/Stretch and Conditioning

Throwing - Warmups

Stations

Fielding - Drills

Hitting -Drills

Base Running

Always end with fun activity

Dizzy Bat Race

Water Balloons

Scrimmage (4v4v4)

Write it out!

Estimate Times

Print on Cheat Cards

Copies for Assistants

Sample Practice


Stretch and conditioning
Stretch and Conditioning

  • Skills

    • Light jog around the bases

    • Ball Toss/Run

    • Frankenstein

    • Crazy 8’s

    • Leap Frog

    • Glove Square

    • Balls up the line

    • Whole body stretch

  • KEEP IT FUN

  • KEEP IT MOVING


Throwing
Throwing

  • Holding the ball

  • Breaking down the throw

    • Outfield vs. Infield vs. Catcher

    • Relay set-up

    • Short toss/Flip

  • Philosophy

    • A good throw late is better than a bad throw early

    • Low and in the dirt is better than high and over the head


Throwing skills drills

Warm-up is the time to practice and concentrate on fundamentals!

Skills

Square/Corner Throw

Around the bases

Barney/Baby Bop Throw

Line throw

Relay Drill

Figure 8’s

Gauntlet

3 ball race

Throwing Skills/Drills


Catching the ball
Catching the ball fundamentals!

  • 2 HANDS!

  • Ready position

    • Setup and fielding for grounder

    • Setup and fielding for fly ball

    • Fielding the “bunt” type hit

  • PLAYER SHOULD ALWAYS EXPECT THE BALL

  • Know what you’re going to do when you get the ball

    1) Ball 2) Base 3) Back-up

  • Glove Types

    • Just because you are playing first base doesn’t mean you need a 1st base mitt!


Catching skills drills
Catching Skills/Drills fundamentals!

  • Perfects - grounders and popups

  • Find it!

  • Back to Back Pop-ups

  • Drop the Ball

  • Zig/Zag Tracking catch

  • 2 Line Fungo

  • 3 ball Race

  • Relay Throw

  • Pop-up Spots


Batting
Batting fundamentals!

  • See the Ball, hit the ball!

  • Breaking down the swing

    • GRIP, Knocking Knuckles!

    • NO WRIST ROLL!

    • NO BAT WEIGHTS ON BARREL OF BAT!

    • Start Simple, bat/ball contact

  • Path of the swing

    • This is not baseball!

  • KEEP THE LEFT HANDERS!


Batting skills and drills
Batting Skills and Drills fundamentals!

  • Tee Work!

    • Hit away

    • Single Arm Swings

    • Hip Rotation

    • Double Tee

    • Bingo

  • Rope Slide

  • Soft Toss – From the front!

  • Colored balls

  • Golf Wiffle Balls


Base running
Base Running fundamentals!

  • Through the bag – 1st and Home

  • Making the turn

    • Inside foot on the bag

  • Sliding (IT’S FUN!)

    • Musical Chairs

  • Watching the base coaches

  • Skills and Drills

    • Base race

    • 3 Ball race

    • Ball Drop


Game time
Game Time fundamentals!

  • KEEP IT FUN

    • It’s not about winning or losing

    • Keep reminding the parents of that

  • It isn’t softball without the cheers!

    • Emphasize the positive

  • Make sure there are snacks!

    • Try to keep them healthy


Questions
Questions? fundamentals!

  • I’m here to help

  • You’re welcome to attend a practice

    • www.eteamz.com/furyfastpitchsoftball14u


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