Produced by http://Fastpitch.TV - This week Coach Carol Bruggeman from the University of Louisville gives a clinic on Must Have Fastpitch Softball Outfield Drills.
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With these must have outfield drills Carol emphasizes that the skills that the players must accrue and learn all begins with the coaches. The coach must value and respect the outfield position for the players to be more interested and involved in learning and improving the last line of defense position. Speed is important for outfield softball players, but accuracy in throwing the ball is what really counts when outfielder gets the softball to throw it DIRECTLY to the cut off man. For a outfield softball player to be aggressive is great and that will all show in the reaction. The reaction begins just as the ball is hit. That softball player sees it, takes the first step, gets to the direction the ball is going, calls the ball, and makes sure it is caught not matter what!
Now for the drills, Carol starts with the hustle drill. With one tosser and one fielder. Front catch, one catch behind to the left, behind to the right, and in front again. The fielder should be making an "x" with her running pattern when she is finished., When comfortable with the drill then work on footwork as well. Next would be working on passed balls. ALWAYS make sure that you have the back of the other outfielders and then when you get the ball, before you throw always remember "Thumb to the thigh and then out to the sky" so that you have a long and fluid motion to get the ball where it needs to go no matter the distance. with the remainder of the drills Carol focuses on the players using the power of their back side for the ultimate power when throwing the ball from such great distances.
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I play for the high school I go to and now I can't play any more I played right out field and now with the injury I have it put me out for the rest of spring league we made it in district for the high school
Coach carol is completely right in the fact that if the coach is not enthusiastic about the outfield then why should any of the players be?? Love the way she involves the outfield and makes sure that each of her players know how important their positions are! Great Clinic Coach Carol!
LOVE LOVE LOVE this coach and her tips. I especially love how she mentions at the beginning for 10U and 12U how the girls are not running out to play outfield - but how it is such an important position and it is up to the coach to make it exciting. So much focus on infield at young ages, we forget about the importance of outfield. Bravo Coach Bruggeman!