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Variations Move two boxes at a time instead of one. If two ladders are available, make each rep a competition between players. Coaching Points Make sure proper arm action is included in the warm-up. a b CHAPTER 1 Warming Up 13 8 Hopscotch Purpose To warm up footwork Organization Place an agility ladder (or tape on the ground or lines in the dirt) on the outfield grass or infield surface. If you have only one ladder, all players should be in a single-file line behind the ladder. If you use multiple ladders, divide the team up evenly behind each ladder.

Put a designated number of balls in a bucket, depending on how many reps you will complete. A ground ball and a fly ball is considered one rep. Start with two sets of four reps and work up. Execution Outfielders play at a depth from which they’re able to throw a runner out at home. The ball machine throws a ground ball; an outfielder fields the ball and gets into throwing position, but then she tosses the ball off to the side. As she does so, a fly ball is coming at her from the ball machine. She must drop step and sprint to catch this ball or it will go over her head.

Coaching Points Make sure players keep their shoulders and entire body relaxed. Emphasize arm action. 12 The Softball Drill Book 7 Scissors Purpose To warm up footwork Organization Place an agility ladder (or tape on the ground or lines in the dirt) on the outfield grass or infield surface. If you have only one ladder, all players should be in a single-file line behind the ladder. If you have multiple ladders, divide the team up evenly behind each ladder. Execution Players begin facing the side of the ladder.

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