6 Indoor Softball Drills

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.

Fielding Without a Glove

This drill requires players to field the ball with their bare hands. Players line up in two lines facing each other. Then the first player in one of the lines rolls the ball to the first player in the other line. The player who rolled the ball runs to the back of the opposite line. Then the other player fields the ball and rolls it to the next player.

During this drill players should concentrate on getting square with the ball, bending with their knees, and cradling the ball into their bodies. It's important that players don't roll the ball too slowly or too fast. A coach should monitor the drill to make sure the rolling is acceptable. A coach should also watch the drill to make adjustments to players' fielding techniques.

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Four Corners

This indoor drill requires players to stand at each corner of the gym. One player begins the drill by throwing the ball to the player at the diagonal corner of the gym. That player catches the ball and then throws to the player on the same side of the gym. Then the next throw goes diagonally again so that all four players have caught and thrown the ball.

Players should work on their "crow hop" while throwing the ball. They should also catch the ball with two hands and get the ball out of their glove quickly. This drill should be very crisp when it is practiced well.

The Benefits of Indoor Softball Drills

Indoor softball drills can simulate almost anything a player will face in a real game. In fact, many coaches like to begin the season practicing inside because it allows for more structure and it also helps the players to get closer because they are in a confined space. There are many great indoor softball drills that players can practice.

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