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7 Softball Hitting Drills to Spice Up Your Practices

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By Coach Marc

Coaches use softball hitting drills at almost every practice.

However, humans are creatures of habits and we do the same thing the same way all the time.

Coaches are no different; we tend to use the same drills over and over. That’s especially true with softball hitting drills.

That can get pretty boring for the players and they don’t get as much as out of it.

Variety is not only important for motivation but also to throw a different learning stimulus to your athletes. They need to be challenged in order to improve.

To help you spice up your hitting practices, here are the softball hitting drills for you:

Pepper Game

To develop bat control and short, quick swing with

Coaches are no different; we tend to use the same drills over and over. That’s especially true with softball bats ,stand approximately 22 feet away from the three fielders who position themselves two feet apart. Hit the ball using a short, quick, downward stroke. Hit the ball sharply with one or two hops (ground balls) to the fielders.  A fielder fields the ball and quickly tosses a half to three quarter speed pitch back to be hit.  Hit the ball where it is pitched. Preferably use four players in this drill and not more than five. Hit the inside pitch to the fielder to your left (for a right handed batter). Hit the pitch in the middle to the fielder directly in front of you. Hit the outside pitch to the fielder to your right (for a right handed batter). To make the drill more difficult, use two softballs at once, keeping the hitter constantly ready to swing and fielders always head-up.

Colored Ball Soft Toss

The hitter learns to concentrate and keep the weight back. The coach tosses the two balls at different heights. The coach calls the color to hit after the balls are released. The hitter hits the called ball into the fence or screen. This drill can be done from different locations. The coach should also fake toss and change the release points as well as vary the speed of the balls.
Variations
1. Once you’ve mastered the first version of this drill, try three balls. Or allow your partner to call out colors that aren’t being tossed.
2. You might even try to write numbers on the ball with a magic marker — simply have your partner call out the number to hit, just like you did with colors.
3. Instead of coloring the balls, simply use regular baseballs and have the tosser call out “high” or “low.” By switching between the high and low ball, the hitter learns to adjust to high pitches when he was expecting a low pitch and vice versa.

Two Hand Bat

To hit the ball on a line to the opposite field, emphasizing the use of the top hand. A feeder sits in a chair behind an L-shaped screen about 10 feet away from the plate. A hitter stands at the plate in front of the screen, ready to hit. The feeder throws the ball on the outside of the plate to the hitter.  The hitter hits the ball to the opposite field, emphasizing the use of the top hand. The hitter takes 10 to 12 swings before a new hitter steps in.

Hitting Fungoes

To develop proper hand action, weight shift, downward swing, and follow-through Players who are waiting on deck hit fungoes to the fielders on their side of the infield. Include up to four hitters in each of three hitting stations. Hitters rotate to the back of the line of another hitting station after taking a certain number of swings. After a complete rotation of the hitters through all three hitting stations, one line can rotate to the infield spots and the infielders can come in to bat. Concentrate on hitting the top half of the baseball with a short, downward swing.

Bounce in Front

To practice the hitting rhythm and the trigger and the learn to hit the ball at the top of the bounce. The partner stands six feet to the side and three feet in front of the batter and tosses a tennis ball that bounces up into the strike zone in front of the plate. As the ball bounces the batter “triggers” and gets her hands started into the swing. She waits until the ball is at the height of the bounce before swinging and driving it into a net.

Broomstick

To narrow your focus while grooving your swing. A feeder kneels about 10 feet away, just off your front knee. The feeder triggers your cocking action by dropping his hand just before flipping the plastic golf ball.  Hit the ball with a broomstick or hit stick, driving the ball into the net. At first, make a smooth swing at about 90 percent normal bat speed to be sure to make contact. Concentrate on hitting the ball squarely. Maintain good balance, weight shift, hand action, and a sound finish.

Drop Toss

To develop hand speed for the ball. The batter assumes her stance with a partner facing her with the ball held at shoulder height. The batter tells the partner when to drop the ball. The partner releases the ball and pulls her arm up away from the strike zone. The batter takes a full swing.  The partner can stand on a chair or on the bleachers, which will add a challenging tracking test.

Now you have a couple of new softball hitting drills to spice up your practices.

 

Comments on 7 Softball Hitting Drills to Spice Up Your Practices »

February 21, 2010

Shawna Esther @ 7:47 pm

Thanks for posting these, they are all great drills! I use several of these on a rotation basis at our girls’ practices, and I can really see the difference after we focus on the drills that put emphasis on seeing the ball. As I say quite often, even though it’s the one thing you hear the most about out of the stands during a game, actually seeing the ball is one of the hardest parts about hitting! We also use a soft-toss drill that places the tosser several feet behind the batter with the batter facing forward toward an imaginary pitcher. When the ball gets tossed through the strike zone from behind the batter, she uses her peripheral vision to pick up the ball and get a swing in before it gets out of reach. It’s frustrating at first, but once they get the hang of the ball coming in from an odd angle, it’s really great for hand-eye coordination.

April 16, 2010

Kaycee @ 3:13 pm

Love these, a nice variety of skill level drills, we just worked with the tennis ball drill, it was a tough adjustment for my girls who where getting into a grove of repeat drills. I also added a hand eye drill with tennis balls for those who where struggling with a bat in hand. I had my girls in batters stance with a tenis ball in the left hand (for Right handed batter). They had to drop the ball straight down out in front of themselves and simulate a swing with the right arm/hand. The challange is to CATCH the tennis ball while doing a complete simulated swing of the bat. It was fun to watch and all the girls ended up taking a tennis ball home to work on it. The next game showed some much improved battles in the box, I had one gal battle for 9 ptches only to get a final high strike called on her. You win some and you lose some. :0)

July 22, 2010

Olive Sanu @ 7:44 am

Hey!!! these are some great drills in practice yesterday my teammates and I decided to take some hitting drills on our own, surprisingly these workouts are fun! Thnx

November 1, 2010

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Tshegobnb @ 7:33 am

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March 24, 2011

katelyn @ 5:51 pm

ive been looking for tips and all of these are ones my team does on a daily bases do you have any more?

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July 26, 2011

Coach Greg @ 3:42 pm

One drill that I have been using and has really helped my batters out is a place hitting drill. I take all of the players on the team and place them in random spots on the field. Prior to the first pitch I tell the batter who I want them to hit the ball to, then I pitch to give them the best possible ball to put it to the person that I named. After a few pitches I change the person that I want the ball to go to. As the batter gets comfortable I change the speed and location of the pitch and even change when I tell them where I want the ball to go, calling a different person for every pitch. The latest call out is when the ball is about half way to the plate. This drill has really increased my teams on base percentage and reduced the number of pop up's. The drill really forces the batter to concentrate on their swing and power instead of “swinging for the fence” everytime. I have actually heard some members talking when they are on deck telling other player where they are going to hit the ball. If you can get the team to hit to a person, you can get them to hit where there is no one.
Hope this helps.

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kenice olaso @ 6:04 am

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January 19, 2012

larry @ 5:33 am

not sure how the broomstick drill works…. if you are kneeling in front of them and they are hitting into a net are you behind the net?

May 13, 2012

Sally @ 12:01 pm

this is really good, thanks c:

November 21, 2012

marie @ 1:42 am

great. will try the drop toss today. thank u.

January 7, 2014

veda emerson @ 10:08 pm

During travel ball my coach always had the group split up and do the pepper drill. Always fun and exciting to do with your friends and really keeps you focused.

January 9, 2014

Benjamin Adam Reynolds @ 12:59 pm

You are absolutely correct. Coaches tend to use the same drills as always and doesn't come up with remedies to these drills lapses. The most common batting issue coaches use is somewhat irrelevant to what players may experience in real game. Just a thought tho, I managed to reinvent softball hitting drills with my players. And I've seen improvements throughout the start.

March 17, 2016

Nickles @ 2:14 pm

Hi Coach Marc,

It’s awesome drills,
Thanks so much!

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March 24, 2017

Miranda @ 8:04 am

My coach uses the colored ball drill, and we do a drill now that we started at games where the teammates on the bench call out cheers so we work on concentration when there is alot of sound.

April 20, 2017

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