- Feb 13, 2020
Dd has some strength when it comes to hitting the ball and she mostly hits it out of the infield but the problem is her consistency. If dd was a consistent hitter than I would’ve outright said no to slapping but dd often has periods of time where her hitting isn’t the best. I feel like slapping would be a good tool to add to dd to try and make her a triple threat. Dd’s ambidextrous, quick (2.9 to first), and small (5’2) so I feel like she could be a decent slipper. Though if slapping turns out to not work and dd still isn’t getting it after a while than I’ll just go back to teaching her how to hit normally.If you can't play one position extremely well, be able to play multiple positions reasonably well, and show an ability to learn and adapt. However, unless you're a top level pitcher or catcher, hitting is what will bring the interest. I know more than a few kids who are athletic enough and capable defensively to play ball at the highest level, but their hitting holds them back. A player who can really hit stands out immediately. If you can hit, and I mean hit off the best pitching, coaches will form a line at your door. Unless a player is very well suited to slapping and shows some good results with it, trying to add it only detracts from their ability to swing away. I know some who can't get the ball out of the infield swinging normally, and others who can but aren't allowed and are pigeon-holed.
Dd is a very good cf (in my biased opinion) and she’s a decent Ss. Dd tried pitching for a bit but Im not allowed to talk about that period of her softball career