SKILLS INFORMATION

by Tom Mackar

  • Softball Warmup

    • Footwork
    • Stretch
    • Jog
    • Quads with buddy support
    • Slide step to right side
    • Hamstrings
    • Slide step to left side
    • Low back
    • Crossover step to right side
    • Calves
    • Crossover step to left side
    • Groin
    • Drop step to right side
    • Hip flexors
    • Drop step to left side
    • Shoulders
    • Grounders with partner
    • Glove to glove, Hand to hand, Glove to hand
    • Ready positions – field ground balls.
    • Between feet, Slide step, Crossover, Forehand + (Spin),
    • Backhand. All with accurate throws.
    • Fly balls with partner
    • Crossover step, Drop Step, 3 player relay throw
  • Ground Ball Tips

    • Glove
      • Flexible
      • Open
      • Closable
      • Clean
    • Ready Position
      • Knees bent
      • Weight on balls of feet
      • Shoulders in front of hips
      • Glove faces hitter.
    • Basic Technique
      • Center body to ball’s path
      • Establish wide base with feet
      • Butt down
      • Mitt to ground
      • Look ball into mitt.
    • Movement – The feet get the glove to the ball
      • Slidestep or
      • Crossover step
    • Partner drills are most effective
      • Forehand, forehand with spin
      • Backhand with crossover step
      • Bare hand – push down or scoop up
      •  Glove cat
  • Fly Ball Tips

    • Glove
      • Flexible
      • Open
      • Closable
      • Clean
    • Tracking the ball in flight
      • Drop step to ball side
      • Look over front shoulder
      • Crossover step
    • Run
      • To ball’s landing area
      • Tuck your glove to your chest during run
      • Get behind the ball with your entire body
    • Environmental concerns
      • Wind catches ball and changes its flight direction
        • Keep chest facing ball, stutter step & use 2nd drop step or
        • Pivot away from ball and reacquire and track ball.
      • Sun prevents tracking of ball
        • Block sun with glove or throwing hand
        • Continue to track ball.
        • Duck and cover head if ball is lost.
    • Catch
      • Keep feet moving
      • Keep ball in front of you, glove open to ball
      • Catch ball beside your head
      • Catch ball above your eyes if at landing spot
      • Catch ball below shoulders if running forward
    • Partner drills are most effective
      • Footwork – drop step drill
      • Tracking – partner throwing drill
      • Combination drill
  • Hitting Basics

    BAT SELECTION
    LIGHTER BAT = FASTER SWING = HARDER HIT

    • GRIP with fingers
      LINE UP KNUCKLES
    • Establish “THE BOX”
      ***** THE KEY TO A GOOD SWING
    • STANCE AND DISTANCE FROM PLATE/BALL
    • PRE STRIDE / WEIGHT ON BACK FOOT
    • LOAD -STEP AND BEGIN HIP ROTATION, ARMS EXTEND BACK
    • EXPLODE- HIPS OPEN, BAT KNOB/FRONT ELBOW DRIVE FORWARD
    • BEGINNING SWING
    • FINISH SWING WITH FULL FOLLOW THROUGH
    • TIP – MAINTAIN THE BOX
    • TIP- CHECK PALM UP, PALM DOWN AT CONTACT
    • WARMUP – STRETCH AND SWING WITH BAT, TRACK PITCHES WHEN ON DECK
    • IN THE BATTER’S BOX – SEE HOLES NOT PLAYERS
    • PITCH SELECTION – ID YOUR HOT ZONE, TRACK PITCH WITH BOTH EYES
    • POSITIVE TALK
    • GOAL IS HARD HIT BALL