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Softball IQ .. how to increase it?

Dec 15, 2018
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So, when my brother and I were little kids, we played a game called stuffed animal baseball. Lincoln log bat, marble ball, animals – many with Dairy Queen ice cream helmets – on the “field” (our living room rug, which had convenient foul lines, and sweet left field porch – staircase with white spindle facade). We would have full 9 inning games, keeping score and everything, but it was basically a way to play out situations.

From 6u up though last year (she’s 11 now), I would do the same with my daughter. She loved it. We would go through where the play would be, why this would work, why that wouldn’t, all played out in front of her with her moving the stuffed animal players where they should go. She’s getting a little old for that now, but at young ages, it was a blast, and a great way to play with my DD and have softball ideas reinforced.
 
Jan 28, 2017
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My Dad coached a pile of rec ball teams. HS head coaches always would commit on how his kids knew the game. He scrimmaged all the time and taught while scrimmaging. One of my former coaches took over a program that was in shambles and most of the HS players were MS age. I have heard him talk about how he looked for a rain cloud everyday so he could cancel the game and practice. They needed practice way more than the game. I think 5 of them got drafted and 3 for sure.

My son is a 10 year old catcher and understands the game a lot better than my 13 year old DD pitcher. He can listen to you teaching a girl on how to use the backhand and he does it at the next practice and he is a catcher. He isn't overly athletic. DD can tell you what happened on the adjacent field in the 3rd inning while throwing a 1 hitter.

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