Contact on Command – Hitting Drills –

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Fastpitch Drills

This is a great drill for players to work on reaction time with taking a particular bat swing for different pitches.

Line up 3-5 batters about 4-5 feet apart with their bats

The coach will call out a certain pitch (high outside, low inside, drop ball, curve, screw) and the batters will take the appropriate swing and freeze where they would make contact with the ball.

The coach will observe and if wrong the player drops for 5 push ups and is out. The correct players remain in the game and sets for another pitch command.

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Motion Hitting – Hitting Drills –

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Fastpitch Drills

This drill is a great way to ensure that batters become aware of the importance in using the lower body to increase power in their swing.

The batter will step up to bat with their front foot on the back line of the batters box

The batter will take a step with their back foot and then with their front foot to end close to their usual stance in the batters box.

As the batter takes her last step the coach will soft toss the ball.

The batter sets her hands quickly and takes her swing.

This should not be a slapping motion. The batter just has to be quick enough with her footwork and setting her hands to hit the ball at her usual stance.

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Tee Opposite Field Hitting – Hitting Drills –

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Fastpitch Drills

This drill is an effective way to perfect hitting to the opposite field.

Set up a tee at home plate. Also set up 4 cones designating the zones of a left handed hitter and a right handed hitter that would hit to the opposite field.

Take 10 softballs and and locate where the laces are closest together and have that part facing you. Then mark an “X” on one of the laces.

The balls will be placed on the tee, with the “X” facing the backstop and the laces are vertical to the ground.

For left handed hitters the “X” will be on the right and for right handed hitters the “X” will be on the right.

These will give hitters a target to aim for in practicing hitting to the opposite field.

Hit 10 balls and then rotate hitters.

Adjust swing and continue drill until all balls that are hit are directed to the opposite field.

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Fungo Competition – Hitting Drills –

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Fastpitch Drills

This is a fun drill to help with players keeping their eye on the ball when hitting.

Divide the players into 2 even teams with one lined up on the first base line and the other on the third baseline.

Player will step up and 5 ball for each team will be lined up about 2 feet apart and about 4 feet away from the back stop.

The players will take their stance at the ball on the end and on the coaches command will squat and pick up the ball, soft toss it to themselves, hit it into the fence, and continue with the remaining 4 balls.

The first player to hit all 5 of the balls into the fence first wins a point for their team.

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Wall Sits – Catching Drills

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Fastpitch Drills

This is a great, classic exercise to build muscle strength in the lower body and increase endurance.

The catcher can either do this with or without gear. (with gear for more advanced players)

Lean against a wall or fence forming a 90 degree angle at your knees

Hold this position until you feel a burning sensation in your legs and then try to hold for another 15 seconds.

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The 5 x 5 – Catching Drills

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Fastpitch Drills

This drill is great conditioning for a catcher while practicing basic catching skills

The coach will stand about 5-10 feet in front of home plate and the catcher will wear full gear and take his/her stance behind the plate.

The coach will throw the first 5 balls in the dirt and the catcher will have to block them

The coach will throw the next 5 balls far out to the sides and the catcher will have to move and block the balls only with his/her body

The coach will throw the next 5 balls high and the catcher will have to pop up to catch them.

The coach will throw the next 5 balls at random

The coach will finish with throwing pop-ups right after one of the balls is caught.

This drill will be great to do with 2-3 catchers take their turn at the drill one of the catchers can help shag balls and the other can take a small break before going through the drill again.

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