In many of the northern states softball practice has to begin before the weather outside is nice enough for practice. So the first few practices have to be held indoors in a gymnasium. That's OK because there are plenty of indoor softball drills that players can practice in order to get ready for the softball season.
It's impossible to get players any real batting practice against a live pitcher during indoor softball drills. However, players can begin to get themselves back into the hitting mode by hitting off a tee and taking batting practice off a pitching machine.
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Hitting From a Tee
Many older players think it's a waste of time to hit a softball off a tee. All the players can think about is when they were six years old and playing tee ball. Once the role of this drill is explained to the players, they see that it's useful and are more willing do it.
While hitting off a tee a player should be concentrate on her stance and the position of her hands and arms. Then the player needs to make sure she steps forward with her front foot, keeps her back foot planted, and swings the bat well—all the way through the ball. She also needs to be sure to keep her head down and eye on the ball. A coach can actually help a player be a better hitter by watching her swing while hitting off a tee and then correcting any areas that need adjustment.
Practicing With a Hitting Machine
Pitching machines are a great tool for indoor softball drills. The speed can be set precisely so a player can get into the rhythm of hitting the ball. During these hitting drills a player should try to hit the ball right back at the pitching machine. Also, hitting off a pitching machine is a perfect opportunity for players to practice bunting. This is a lost art with most of today's players. However, if they start practicing bunting indoors then they should be able to do it well enough in the games.
Fielding and Throwing
There is almost an unlimited amount of indoor softball drills players can do that involve fielding and throwing. These drills will help the players get into shape to play softball and the drills will also help a coach evaluate his players.