Softball Hitting Tips: Batter's Box Routine - Amanda Scarborough
How to Play Better Softball
Just a few simple tips can make your softball playing very good. These tips can help you play like a star. Here in this article are some tips on playing some of the positions and how to stay safe while still having fun. Softball is a great game to play.
Make a personal goal for yourself.There's usually something in softball you're really good at and something you really need to work on. While still practicing the thing you're good at, you should set a goal for yourself on the thing you need to work on so you can get better each time. Once you accomplish that goal, set a new one. Keep that thread going, and you'll start to be better at that than the thing you used to be the best at!
Practice at home.You can do this in a variety of ways from playing catch with family or a friend to hitting a balled up sock off of a tee with your bat! If you have a personalized softball at your house, you can just lay in your bed, toss it in the air, and then catch it. There are so many ways to practice at your house, you can make something up on your own!
Practice with your team.If you're not on a softball team yet, you should try out for one. If you live in a suburban area, there should be a community softball league at the nearest park. Once you're on a team, you will usually have practice for two hours, two times a week. During that time, you should work hard!
- Watch The Ball! It might sound crazy, but the first thing is to watch the ball. You'll be able to tell if the pitch is a ball or a strike, and if you should swing or not.
- Stride forward with the foot that's closest to the pitcher, and take your swing at the ball. Don't forget, keep watching the ball.
- Pay attention. Don't stop watching the game if nothing comes to you.
- Get into a ready position as the ball is being pitched. Keep your glove down and be able to move from side to side very quickly.
- Use two hands if a grounder is coming to you. This means have your glove down on the ground and keep your other hand above the glove to trap the ball. This way if the ball takes a bounce you're not expecting your hand will block it. Also, when you get the ball in your glove your hand will be on it very quickly so that you can throw the ball to your target faster and beat the runner to the base.
Short Fly Balls!
- Use two hands. If you have to do a basket catch, have one hand close so you can throw it quickly and to help keep the ball in your glove when you catch it.
- Keep your eyes open and on the game. You must resist the urge to space out, even though the game can be dull for an outfielder.
- Back up the infield. Stay behind them and in a position to recover the ball in the infielder misses it.
Keep working hard.One day, you'll get to a point when you're not sure why you signed up to play softball. You'll start getting bored and upset when you have to go to practice. Why? Because you need to work harder! Since you're not working hard anymore, your coach is getting onto you because everybody else is working hard, and you're not! Don't worry. Once you get there you'll be glad you came.
QuestionHow can I be a better pitcher?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUse lots of snap when releasing the ball. Also, try different kinds of pitches, like a change-up, to give the batter something else to look for. Lastly, focus on aim before power.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I hit the ball correctly?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerKeep your feet shoulder-length apart and your head down. Keep your eye on the ball and swing when you feel the time is right. Always follow through; don't stop short!Thanks!
QuestionHow can I stop myself from becoming discouraged in softball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWithout you, there is no team. Every player plays an important position in the game. If you're giving up on yourself, you're giving up on the team.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I'm afraid of making a fool of myself during my first time being on a real team?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust believe you can and do the best you can. Stay focused and have fun.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I play better when I'm new to the team?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAlways be outgoing and calm, the worst thing you can do is get nervous. Play your best and that's all that matters!Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if I've never played before and I'm trying out for a team?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFirst of all, read this article. Then, go to a batting cage and practice hitting and ask a friend or family member to throw the ball around with you so you can practice throwing and catching.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I position my legs while batting?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou want them to be bent a little so that you can have a small bounce at the plate. You can also scoot up towards the pitcher, backwards toward the catcher, or square to the plate. That all depends on how much time you want when swinging for the ball. Don't keep your legs too close together.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if I'm new to softball and never hit the ball at the batting cages?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFollow the other tips in this article. If you can, get a softball and throw it up next to yourself, then watch the ball and hit it. If you can, ask a friend to pitch the ball slowly and underhand to you and practice that way.Thanks!
QuestionWhat are ways to become better at batting or catching without a softball thrower?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust practice swinging the bat and your stance. For catching. just throw it in the air and catch it.Thanks!
QuestionHow do you slide correctly?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhen sliding, throw your legs out. Your dominate leg should be across the other one, with your hands out - like on a roller coaster - and lie with your back straight.Thanks!
- If you are the shortstop, and the second baseman goes for the ball, and there's a runner coming to second base, get to second. The second baseman can throw to you to get the runner out.
- When waiting to bat, watch the pitcher and infielders. Pay attention to their strategies, so that when you go up to bat you can play to their weakness and know what moves to play.
- If you're covering a base and the throw you get isn't a very good one, get the ball. It's more important to catch the ball than to keep your foot on the base.
- Look for holes. Not only can holes be areas where no one is covering, but a one way ticket for the runners and batters to get back home. Pay attention to them and have a constant knowledge of where the ball is.
- Have a mental plan of what will give you the highest success of getting a hit for every different count. When the count is in your favor be looking for certain pitches to place into an open space. When you are behind look to drive the ball into either left or right center field depending if it's inside or outside.
- Never throw to a base that no one is covering.
- Again, watch that ball.
- Make sure you don't scoop the ball when you try to catch one that isn't a grounder!
- Wear a chin strap.
- Listen to your coach. Whether you like it or not, it's probably the best thing for the team.
- Even though it sounds stupid and silly, wear a face mask. It protects your face, your team (from one of your players getting hurt), and money. compared to hundreds and even thousands on broken bones, etc. is almost nothing.
- Don't be afraid of the ball. Remember that the ball is a softball and remember that bruises heal.
- Softball is a good way to clear up your mind from any burdens you're carrying. If you're that bad of a mood, try getting out to play some catch.
- If you and your teammate are going for the same pop fly, don't be afraid to be loud and call her off! If she calls you off, back her up!
- Stretch before practicing and games. It can stop you from pulling a muscle.
- If you are the catcher, wear all of the catcher's gear, even if it's really uncomfortable.
- Wear a batting helmet. This is essential to keeping your head safe.
- Wear a mouthguard. Though it may seem silly, it can save you hundreds of dollars and a mouthful of shattered teeth.
- Wear sliding shorts. You will be so happy when you don't have to deal with scratches from sliding.
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