Loading
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Fun drill for 7 and 8 rec league girls softball.

  1. #1
    Checking out the clubhouse Patdapitcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Fun drill for 7 and 8 rec league girls softball.

    Maybe someone can lead me in the right direction, I'm coaching my daughters 7 and 8 year old rec team. What I'm looking for is a practice structure that keeps most of the girls moving and attention. I've been to other practices where the coach just hits fly balls and or they have batting practice which to the fielders can be boring. I would say practice will probably be an hour to an hour and a half maybe once or twice a week. I really want to concentrate on the fundamentals being this is coach pitch.
    Perhaps somebody can give me advice as to deal with the parents such as the goals they expect etc.

    Thanks,
    Pat

  2. #2
    Super Moderator sluggers's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Dallas, Texas
    Posts
    4,047
    Thanks
    407
    Thanked 1,449 Times in 683 Posts

    Default

    Excellent question. Your heart is in the right place.

    At that age, I suggest:

    (A) Individual defensive skill work (20 min)
    (B) Team defensive skills (15 min)
    (C) Batting (30 min)
    (D) Game (20-30)

    Individual skill work

    One group goes with one coach for popups. The other goes for grounders. Both are done the same way--you line the girls up, you hit a grounder/pop-up, then the next girls gets in line. (IMPORTANT: hit, do not throw, grounders or pop-ups). You want to do hit these as quickly as you can. Keep the line moving. After 10 minutes, the groups switch.

    As long as you keep the kids moving, they'll be fine.


    Team defensive skill

    I hate this kind of work, but at your age group, you've got to spend some time with the girls "in position". you put them in position, and then you hit them balls, and tell them where to throw the ball.

    Do it for 15 minutes, every practice. When the girls start spacing out (and they will), stop and have them run a lap around the bases.

    Batting

    The goal is for each kid to swing the bat 100 times. So, you need all kinds of stations set up--batting tees, soft toss, live pitching, wiffle balls, dry swings, etc.

    Game

    Always end with a game. My favorite is "shotgun". You divide your team into three groups. one group bats, one group plays infield, one group plays outfield.

    the coach pitches. The batter gets 1 or 2 swings. A point is scored for each base the batter reaches successfully. The batter never stays on the bases, but comes in. After 3 outs or after that group has batted around twice, rotate the groups.

    Keep it moving, and "play" with the kids. Tease them, joke with them, give one team an unfair advantage, make the best kid hit left handed, whatever. Just have fun.

    GENERALLY

    Be very careful in picking your assistant coaches. There are three types:

    (A) Mr/Mrs. Jock--"I played one year of HS baseball. I watched the Cubs in spring training. Therefore, I know all there is to know about softball."
    (B) Mr/Mrs Wonderful--"These girls are so sweet. They are so nice. Oh, gosh, I hope they don't hurt themselves. I don't want them to break a fingernail. Oh, and here are some pretty ribbons for their hair."
    (C) Mr/Mrs "Let get the job done"--"Life is short, kids are fun. Where do we start?"
    Last edited by sluggers; 03-12-2010 at 11:36 AM.
    Ray

    Every softball parent keeps a hockey mask and a butcher knife in their car...

  3. #3
    I'm a fan Coach Tom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Chicagoland
    Posts
    54
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    First, as far as parents, I usually setup a parent meeting before practice begins. I outline my coaching philosophy and my expectations of the girls and parents. In there I mention the fact that I will keep practice fun and entertaining but with the goal of teaching fundamentals.

    So in order to accomplish that you are on the right track, keep things moving. You'll want 10 - 15 min at each drill or instruction. I usually start with how to hold a ball and how to throw, ironically whether I'm coaching 8 yr old or 15 yr old I always start my first practice with that. You'll be surprised on how many so called "experienced" travel players still don't know the basics. Then I'll have some kind of fun drill where we can put into practice what they learned, in the case of throwing I set up a bucket upside down on a tee and put the girls 20 ft away to see who can hit it. It's alot of fun but while they're throwing I'm correcting the technique. The same is true for fielding and hitting.

    In summary,
    1) Spend 5 min or so with instruction
    2) Spend 10 min or so with a fun drill reinforcing what you just taught
    3) Next practice review what you learned at the first practice for the first 10 min

    BTW, another drill I do to end most of my practices at that age group is a race. Split the team in 2 groups. Put 1st group at home plate, put the 2nd group at 2nd base. It's a tag team race, so once you yell go the first girl in both teams start to run the bases. The girl at home will head towards 1st while the girl at 2nd base will head towards 3rd base. They both continue around the bases until the reach back to their starting point and then the next girl in line goes. The team who gets their girls around the bases first wins. We usually run this 2 or 3 times at the end and they LOVE it. You can add a softball into the mix by having them run with it and hand it off like a baton. It not only entertains them but it eventually teaches them the correct direction to run (yeah that's a problem at this age) and that by cutting the corner of the base they will be faster. Good all around drill.

    I love coaching the young kids, have fun.

    -Tom

  4. #4
    Checking out the clubhouse Patdapitcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Talking

    Quote Originally Posted by Coach Tom View Post
    First, as far as parents, I usually setup a parent meeting before practice begins. I outline my coaching philosophy and my expectations of the girls and parents. In there I mention the fact that I will keep practice fun and entertaining but with the goal of teaching fundamentals.

    So in order to accomplish that you are on the right track, keep things moving. You'll want 10 - 15 min at each drill or instruction. I usually start with how to hold a ball and how to throw, ironically whether I'm coaching 8 yr old or 15 yr old I always start my first practice with that. You'll be surprised on how many so called "experienced" travel players still don't know the basics. Then I'll have some kind of fun drill where we can put into practice what they learned, in the case of throwing I set up a bucket upside down on a tee and put the girls 20 ft away to see who can hit it. It's alot of fun but while they're throwing I'm correcting the technique. The same is true for fielding and hitting.

    In summary,
    1) Spend 5 min or so with instruction
    2) Spend 10 min or so with a fun drill reinforcing what you just taught
    3) Next practice review what you learned at the first practice for the first 10 min

    BTW, another drill I do to end most of my practices at that age group is a race. Split the team in 2 groups. Put 1st group at home plate, put the 2nd group at 2nd base. It's a tag team race, so once you yell go the first girl in both teams start to run the bases. The girl at home will head towards 1st while the girl at 2nd base will head towards 3rd base. They both continue around the bases until the reach back to their starting point and then the next girl in line goes. The team who gets their girls around the bases first wins. We usually run this 2 or 3 times at the end and they LOVE it. You can add a softball into the mix by having them run with it and hand it off like a baton. It not only entertains them but it eventually teaches them the correct direction to run (yeah that's a problem at this age) and that by cutting the corner of the base they will be faster. Good all around drill.

    I love coaching the young kids, have fun.

    -Tom
    Wow, thank you Tom, that is awesome stuff. I will use every bit of it.

  5. #5
    Checking out the clubhouse Patdapitcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Thanks , that's great stuff. The site is awesome very informative. I'll be back periodically with some more questions.

  6. #6
    Super Moderator sluggers's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Dallas, Texas
    Posts
    4,047
    Thanks
    407
    Thanked 1,449 Times in 683 Posts

    Default

    Then I'll have some kind of fun drill where we can put into practice what they learned, in the case of throwing I set up a bucket upside down on a tee and put the girls 20 ft away to see who can hit it.
    That is a great idea!
    Ray

    Every softball parent keeps a hockey mask and a butcher knife in their car...

  7. #7
    Super Moderator Amy in AZ.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Tucson
    Posts
    7,500
    Thanks
    494
    Thanked 1,900 Times in 1,096 Posts

    Default

    There are many books available on coaching softball, that have fun ideas.

    Look on Amazon. Or 2 that I can think of are Defensive Softball Drills - Jacquie Joseph, and Softball Skills and Drills Judi Garman.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Segment -- Burn -- Conversion --