Catcher Observations – Catching Drills –

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This drill is an effective way to encourage catchers to make their own observations and gain experience in calling pitches that will benefit the team.

The coach will give all of the catchers the task of observing a select few of their teammates when they are batting without them knowing.

At the end of practice the coach will take note of each of the catchers observations.

The catchers will then meet with the coach together and discuss what would be the best approach to dealing with the batters that were observed in a game situation.

Do this once a week and chance the batters to be observed each week.

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Backing Up The Throw – Catching Drills –

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This drill is great for working on plays that often occur in games as well as building a catchers value and skills in the sport.

When there are no runners on base and the play is being made at home plate the catcher should always be ready to back up the throw to 1st base.

As soon as the hit is made the catcher should judge where the ball will be stopped and if that ball is going to be thrown to first base then the catcher should flip off her mask and head over to first base just in the case that a wild throw is made.

Too often do teams get an extra base from wild throws.

The catcher should always make backing up throws to 1st base a habit in those situations.

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Power Hitting – Hitting Drill –

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This drill is a great way maximize power in a batters swing

This drill requires a punching bag (about $45 dollars at any sporting goods store) and somewhere to hang it.

Batters will take their stance with the punching bag slightly in line with the batters front foot.

The batter will swing, make contact with the bag, and then proceed to follow through with their extension pushing the bag.

The batter can adjust where she stands and makes contact with the bag depending on what pitch she would like to work on.

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Blind Tee Drill – Hitting Drill –

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This is a fun drill to increase a batters concentration and test their muscle memory.

Set up a tee

The batter will hit 5 balls and then put on a blindfold to attempt to hit 5 more balls.

Remove the blind fold and move to position the tee in the location to where another pitch would be

The batter will hit 5 balls and then put the blindfold on again and attempt to hit 5 more balls.

You can split the players into 2 teams and the players that get the most hits when blindfolded will win

This is great for loosening up players before big games and great for team bonding

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Weight Hitting – Hitting Drills –

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This drill is an effective way to create proper muscle memory and gain strength in your bottom hand when hitting.

The batter will use a 5-10 pound dumbbell (depending on the batters strength) and position your hands on the dumbbell as if you are it was the bat.

Leading with your elbow the dumbbell should follow a straight line from your back shoulder to the front side of your chest.

This motions should be slow and cause resistance in your bottom hand.

Do 5 sets of 10 reps with small breaks in between

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Downward Resistance – Hitting Drill –

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This drill is an effective way to break players of the habit of dropping the barrel of the bat and popping up the ball when they hit.

One player at a time will take her at-bat stance.

The coach will stand where the umpire would normally stand and hold the top of the barrel on the bat.

The player will be instructed to take her swing as the coach is still holding the barrel of the bat up.

As the coach is holding up the barrel of the bat the player is feeling that resistance and is making the correct motions to pull the bat away from the coaches hands.

The coach will then release the bat and the player will finish her swing.

The player will not hit the coach when she finishes her swing.

If the coach still feels uncomfortable with this then just take a step back when releasing the bat.

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