|Written by Bill Hanks|
Before the fast pitch softball season begins, many pitchers start preparing for the season. ¬†I coached softball for four years and below are a list of fast pitch softball drills we used to get out pitchers ready. ¬†Many of these drills I picked up from other coaches and various web sites. ¬†One great site is Softball-Spot.com.
When looking for girls softball fast pitch drills, you want a set of drills that cements the fundamentals of pitching while pushing your pitcher to achieve a new standard of speed and precision.
1. ¬†For the first girls pitching drill, have your pitchers stand in a line next to a wall or fence with their pitching arm in.¬† Their feet should be angled approximately 45 degrees from the wall, and they should be standing anywhere from 4 to 6 inches away from it.
Each girl is to go through all the motions of whichever pitch they prefer, the slingshot or the windmill, or they may practice both.¬† By practicing beside the wall I find my girls to be less likely to drop their shoulders and lapse into the swooping motion that can be damaging come game time.
2. ¬†The pitcher starts with a bucket of balls at her side standing at her usual pitching spot.¬† She is to throw a ball with the goal of crossing the plate.¬† If she is successful, she moves back 5 feet (or one giant step) and throws another.¬† For every successful throw over the plate she moves back until she can no longer throw over the plate.¬† The best aspect of this drill is that pitchers will notice an improvement on their distance throwing skills after only a few short weeks of practice.
3. ¬†The next drill is called short throw. ¬†This drill starts with the pitcher about 25 feet away from the catcher. ¬†They begin throwing their favorite way. ¬†The idea is to work on speed release and control of the pitch. ¬†This is similar to drill two. ¬†However, they stay in one place without moving back.
4. ¬†T-ball throw. ¬†With this drill, the pitcher starts with a bucket of balls. ¬†A batting T is placed on home plate with a ball on it. ¬†The idea is for the pitcher to knock the ball off the T. ¬†The drill works great, if you have a net behind home plate that shags the pitches. ¬†We use to use a large fish net that was used for fishing. ¬†We would string it over portable volleyball standards.
5. ¬†Finally, have the pitcher on a set pitch count and have them throw without a ¬†batter. ¬†The coach or catcher charts balls and strikes by the pitcher.
These drills are excellent before the season gets under way.