This can be done with two players or you (the coach) and all teammates. This drill will help players with their short hops. You can be inside or outside. If inside, find an area that is clear.
One player gets in the field and the other one stands about 10-20 ft. away. The player or coach will throw the fielder a ball that hits the ground right in front of them.
The fielder has to go down to get the ball without it going by them. You do this over and over until they get the hang of it. If the fielder won't keep their head on the ball you may want to use a softer ball at first. This will show the fielder the ball is likely never going to hit them in the face. That will help them keep their head down.
Then you go back to the regular softball and you will see that the fielder will not be as scared of the ball hitting them. I hope this tip helps some of you players out there.