Hitting is one of the most, if not the most, important part of softball. And the softball batting tee is probably one of the essential tools when it comes to the sport. However, softball hitting drills can get pretty boring which means, players won’t get as much as out of practice.
Therefore, it’s very important to vary your hitting practice with various softball hitting drills to keep things fun. Variety will also motivate and stimulate your players, and a challenge to help them improve as it will help players develop ball tracking skills and bat speed.
This technique is to develop your bat control and make a quick and short swing.
- To begin, stand about 22 feet away from the fielders while the fielders stand two feet apart from each other.
- Use a quick, short, and downward stroke to hit the ball sharply with 1 or 2 ground balls to the fielders.
- One fielder fields the ball then tosses a ½ to ¾ speed pitch back.
- Hit the ball right where it’s pitched.
In this drill, it’s recommended to use 4 players, don’t use more than 5. Hit the pitch in the middle to the fielder in front of you. For batters that are right-handed, hit the inside pitch to the fielder to your left and the outside pitch to the fielder to your right.
To increase the level of difficulty of the drill, use 2 softballs at the same time. That way, the fielders will always be heads up and the hitter will have to be constantly ready to swing.
Multi-ball hitting drill
This drill is developed to help hitters learn how to concentrate hard on the right ball and keep the weight back. You can carry out the drill from different locations. This drill also gives the catcher a heads up on which ball they’re going to catch.
Doing this will help the hitter concentrate and correct their batting stances. And it’s also a great way to practice teamwork which is very critical in team sports.
- At the beginning, the coach will toss 2 balls with different colors at different heights.
- Once the colored balls are released, the couch will then call the color to hit.
- The hitter needs to hit the right called ball into the screen or fence. If more players are involved, the hitter can hit the ball into the field and be fielded.
To make it more challenging
- The coach can also fake toss, change the release point or vary the speed of the balls as well.
- You can try a 3-ball variation or make your partner call out the colors that aren’t being tossed.
- Write different numbers on the balls instead of using balls with different colors.
- Instead of focusing on the colors of the balls, focus on the heights of the tosses. That means, the coach will call out high or low for the batter to hit.
Above are some hitting drills that can help your players improve their hitting technique utilizing the softball batting tee. Hopefully, they can make your practice fun and useful.