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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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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
Player needs to feel comfortable!
Safety check before each use
Care and Conditioning
Equipment 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! Know where the first aid supplies are! Know where you are if you need to call for help! ICE!
Try to get the players as many “touches” as possible.
Don’t be afraid to ask parents for help!
Rope and wiffle ball
Wiffle golf balls
Tips and “Tricks” Bag
Run/Stretch and Conditioning
Throwing - Warmups
Fielding - Drills
Always end with fun activity
Dizzy Bat Race
Write it out!
Print on Cheat Cards
Copies for Assistants
Sample Practice 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 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
Warm-up is the time to practice and concentrate on fundamentals!
Around the bases
Barney/Baby Bop Throw
3 ball race
Throwing Skills/Drills Catching Skills/Drills 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 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 KEEP THE LEFT HANDERS! Batting Skills and Drills 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 Through the bag – 1st and Home Making the turn Sliding (IT’S FUN!) Watching the base coaches Skills and Drills Base race 3 Ball race Ball Drop Game Time KEEP IT FUN It’s not about winning or losing Keep reminding the parents of that It isn’t softball without the cheers! Make sure there are snacks! Questions? I’m here to help firstname.lastname@example.org Cell) 267-614-3995 You’re welcome to attend a practice www.eteamz.com/furyfastpitchsoftball14u