We thought we’d share with you some tips that we’ve learned that have helped us have the success we enjoyed so far. If you’re on your own team, hopefully this will help you level up and get a little better!
Adult softball teams are increasingly popular due to the opportunity for socializing that they provide as well as the health benefits of staying active. First you need to find the right gear to play the game (we recommend Softball Ace for this). The next step is to get your team used to playing with each other. Participating in a variety of softball drills allows people to improve their skills as well as remain fit due to the physical activity involved. Outlined below are a number of softball drills ideal for adult softball teams.
Hitting Drill (Downward Swing)
This first drill is relatively simple and straight-forward. Coach John Peter who writes for softball-tips.com believes that this drill is ideal for a downward swing. Place down two tees, and place a ball on the front tee. Coach John Peter suggests that the second tee should be about 17 inches behind, and 2-3 inches higher than the front tee. The goal is to avoid hitting the second tee. Uppercutting is one of the most common mistakes that players make, and this drill aims to remedy that.
Fielding Drill (King of the Hill)
This next drill is ideal for a men’s adult softball team due to its competitive nature. It was named ‘King of the Hill’ by Coach Pete Sprinkle in his book “A Softball Coaches Tool Kit“. The drill involves the team splitting into two groups, with a coach hitting to each group. The fielders will try to field the ball that is hit by the coach. An unsuccessful attempt will prompt the player to move to the left, while a successful one will allow them to stay. Once the allocated time has run out, the player on the right is dubbed ‘King of the Hill’.
Throwing Drill (Criss-Cross)
This is another drill outlined in Coach Pete Sprinkle’s book “A Softball Coaches Tool Kit”. It is another competitive drill. It involves dividing the team up into two, and having the ball thrown criss-cross. The team which gets the ball back to the first thrower the fastest is the winner. The logistics of this drill may seem complex, but they are quite simple. The diagram provided at http://www.softball-tips.com/instruction/softball-drills.html is very useful.