Scroll through the content below to read the various articles (and videos) about fastpitch softball defense from Softball Coach Online with Tim Covey. Anytime a new article that pertains to fastpitch softball defense is added to the website you will find it on these pages.
Each month, thousands of travel ball coaches scan the internet for fastpitch softball drills for 10U and 12U players. And thousands more for 8U, 14U, 16U and 18U.
While we often like to lump groups together into broad categories (travel ball, high school, rec league, etc.), the reality is that each group has subcategories with very specific needs. While many parts of the game apply for all age levels, an 8U or 10U player is much different than an 18U player. (more…)
...and thoughts on running an effective indoor practice...
One of the challenges of coaching an outdoor sport is having to battle the elements. Having a plan with some indoor softball drills is a necessity if you coach “up north.”
When I was a college coach in Iowa, we spent the first 2 months of our season practicing in the schools recreation center. Even down here in sunny florida we battle the rain and occasionally rent the indoor softball facility down the street.
So what do you do when you have the limited space of an indoor facility? As a starting point you need to assess the indoor space and the equipment that you have.(more…)
This is a guest post from Courtney Hudson at Coach at a Click, where she specializes in helping fastpitch softball pitchers and coaches with information, online courses, and online lessons. Head over to www.coachataclick.com for more information and to find out how she can help your pitchers this year!
The best fastpitch softball pitchers know what it takes to lead their teams to the post-season.
In fact, the best pitchers plan ahead to get there. Here are four pre-season habits that will set them up for success.
1. The Best Fastpitch Softball Pitchers Get in Shape
Your team will go only as far as your legs and arms take them. If you are not following an arm care or conditioning program, you need to begin now. Arm care involves strength training the shoulders, upper back and forearms, along with a long toss program. My personal favorite arm care program is available at JaegerSports. (more…)
This weeks video tip is a simple Over the Shoulder Softball Outfield Drill, but with a modification. This modification is a great way to help your players feel what it is like to drop-step open completely.
This softball outfield drill will help your players with their drop-step technique BIG TIME.
This is a drill that isolates the backhand and is a great way to have your players get a lot of reps in a short period of time! Watch the video below and then read below the video for additional content about backhands!
As you could see from the video, the triangle is what the three players form when executing this drill.
Here are a couple of important points for using this drill with your players:
An easy way to help your players understand the crow-hop!
In this weeks tip, I explain one of the most simple but effective softball outfield drills to help your players understand how to crow-hop effectively.
The player featured in this drill was only in 6th grade at the time this video was shot.
While as a young player there was some room for improvement in technique as would be expected (such as keeping the elbow up while throwing)…you can see from this video that this is a skill that can be taught even at the younger age levels. Click the video to see a breakdown of the drill, and then read underneath the video for even more content! (more…)