Softball Drills & Lead-up Games

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

In this lesson, we highlight just a few of the drills and lead-up games that can help turn a group of casual softball players into an expert softball team.

Softball Drills and Lead-up Games

Baseball and softball are played by millions of Americans each year. One of our favorite games, it is rare to drive through a city or town during the spring, summer, or fall and not see the game being played on a dirt or grass diamond - whether it's kids as young as 3 or 4 hitting balls off a tee or adults in their 40s and 50s rounding the bases.

But for those who want to get good at softball, it's important to do more than just gather once or twice a week for a game or two. The game is so complicated; each part must be practiced and perfected. In this lesson, we'll go over a few of the most popular drills and mini-games that can aid in developing the skills necessary to be a great softball player.

Drills

A softball drill is an instructional exercise meant to hone or sharpen one or more skills important in the game of softball. These can range from fielding skills, to batting, to base-running.

  • Snapback

This drill helps to improve bat speed and the quickness of a batter's hands and reflexes. The batter should start in a normal stance and then swing the bat as hard as they can. At the end of their follow through, they should hold the position for one second before swinging the bat backward as fast as possible to return to their normal position. They should hold the bat there for a second before repeating the process.

  • Reflex Fielding

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