Hit the Coach
This is a fun beginning softball drill to teach throwing accuracy.
The kids form a line facing the coach, each one holding a small foam ball or other type of soft ball.
When the coach says to begin, the kids all try to hit him/her with their balls while the coach tries to avoid getting hit. The kids can run to retrieve their balls after they have thrown them, but they must throw from the starting line.
Once the coach has been hit three times, the kids get to make him/her do something silly, like do a dance or make an animal noise.
This drill teaches beginning players to catch fly balls in the outfield.
When first learning to play softball, many kids are afraid of looking up to catch the ball. This drill will ease them into feeling comfortable catching from below.
The drill requires small, foam balls and as many tall people (coaches, assistants, or parents) as possible to stand next to the kids and drop the balls over their heads.
The kids look up with their hands raised and try to catch the balls.
At first they should use both hands and no glove to get used to catching with both hands. Eventually they can move on to using gloves.
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