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How can you get better at softball?

Practice, but give yourself time off

Thank you comment icon You must take the position of your body better so that when you hit the ball you can have a better reaction. Alejandro Mendez

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Eric’s Answer

Kate,

1) Work on your speed. Practice sprints at 60 feet and time yourself the first time for a baseline. Set a goal for improvement and continue until the goal is met with consistency. The distance between the bases for college fast pitch softball diamonds is 60 feet. Set another goal for improvement and repeat the steps above.

2) Work on your strength. Upper body strength is key to be able to throw the ball from outfield to infield and across bases. Workouts with dumbbells for arms and shoulders are a great way to isolate the muscles.

3) Work on your timing and accuracy. Find a local batting cage and practice your swing with different pitches and speeds.

4) Sign up for any annual softball camps in your area.

5) Visit your nearest college with a softball team and watch their daily practice routine; copy the bests parts of their training. Ask them questions on how to become a better softball player.
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Kaitlyn’s Answer

Hi Kate - Collegiate softball athlete here, I played softball since I was 4 years old and finally hung up my cleats when I graduated college at 21. Key to being a successful softball player is drive, work ethic, repetition, and attitude.

1) You have to put in the extra work - Additional swings/grounders after/before practice and during the off season. Don't go crazy but repetition is key in the world of softball.

2) Attitude/Drive - Strengthen yourself and teammates. Softball is one play at a time, do not beat yourself up over a missed grounder, strike-out, dropped fly ball - Focus on the next play and always strive to do better.

Good luck!!
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