Your favorite throwing drills

Mike Hanscom was looking for a way to exchange drills, so I have started a series of posts in various areas (which should make them more searchable down the line).

If you have a favorite throwing drill you’d like to share, please leave a comment. Thanks!

About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on December 22, 2006, in Throwing. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. One of my favorites for throwing isn’t a drill so much as a game. You split the team in half, and send one half out into the infield. You need a minimum of 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, and C, and can use a pitcher if you need one more spot. The rest of the team are the baserunners. The coach hits a ground ball to one of the infielders, who throws the ball home. At the same time, the first baserunner takes off for first base. When the throw reaches the catcher, he/she throws the ball to third, third throws to 2B or SS covering 2B, 2B throws to first, and first throws home. The ball must in the possession of the fielder on the base in order to advance, so if it is thrown away someone needs to chase it down and get it back to that base before it can go on. In the meantime, the runner is rounding the bases non-stop. The situation is a race — does the ball get back home before the baserunner? If so, the defensive team gets an out. If the runner makes it home first, the offensive team scores a run. When the defensive team has earned three outs the offense and defense switch.This is a great game for learning to throw accurately under pressure, learning to take tight corners when rounding the bases, and for conditioning. It’s also a lot of fun for the players. I’ve also used it as a measure of quality for my teams over the years, reminding them of when scores used to look like football games instead of softball games. The only downside (from a drill perspective) is it doesn’t do much for throwing form. That has to be there already as there are no “style points” for good form. Still, there are plenty of other great drills for learning form. This one provides a great way to apply those skills in a competitive situation.


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