Create Strength Workouts for Softball – Essential Exercises & Equipment

In this article, I’m going to share a few essential pieces of equipment that any coach can use to create simple and effective softball workouts for their team. Strength workouts for softball can be easily performed in any open space with the right equipment, drills and techniques. The right equipment helps maximize effectiveness whether it’s one player or 100 performing a given workout, so let’s explore a few of my favorite pieces.

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How to Throw Sidearm in Softball with Proper Mechanics

In this article you’ll learn how to make throws on the run, from various arm angles and directions of movement. Infielders in softball need to be able to charge the ball hard, field on the move and throw accurately on the run. The game is simply too fast to always set the feet and throw overhand. So today, watch the video below and read on to learn some of the finer points of throwing sidearm in softball.

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Mental Training For Softball Players: Two Great Techniques to Try

Too many softball players suffer from a lack of confidence on the field, which affects their ability to play their best. Mental training for softball players should be a part of a weekly regimen to help build confidence and a one-play mindset. This will allow any player to reach her potential. Learn two techniques in this article that can be used team-wide or for the individual.

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Softball Throwing Drills That Every Player Should Be Doing

Softball throwing velocity is available for the taking IF you know what to do and how to do it. In this article, you’ll learn two of the best softball throwing drills that are both easy to perform and great for longterm throwing routines. 

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How The Correct Grip Will Help You Throw a Softball Harder & Farther

The grip used by many softball players holds them back. In this article, you’ll learn how to grip a softball from both a basic and advanced perspective. You’ll also learn how players can throw more accurately with greater velocity and carry…just by applying better spin to the ball.

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Fix Your Handbreak – A Key Softball Throwing Flaw Explained

Softball throwing mechanics mirror those of high-level baseball players. But a few key aspects–including how quickly a player has to get rid of the ball–has created confusion in what some coaches teach. Players often break their hands much too early, which negatively impacts the rest of the throwing motion. Learn how to fix it in this article. 

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Softball Throwing Drills: Why NOT To Point The Wrist Backward

In softball, one of the oldest throwing drills is the L-drill, in which players are instructed to turn the wrist back toward centerfield, then begin their throwing motion. Read on to learn why turning the wrist backward is not the correct way to teach good softball throwing mechanics. 

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Perceived Velocity and How it Can Help Softball Pitchers

Perceived velocity—also known as effective velocity—is a measure of how fast a pitch looks to a hitter, regardless of its actual speed. Learn how in fastpitch, pitchers can use this to their advantage to exploit weaknesses of softball hitters. 

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How Hard Should a Softball Player Be Throwing?

Having a standard for any athlete or athletic endeavor is critical – it both sets and grounds expectations and helps produce buy-in. Goal-setting is often ineffective when there is no establish standard or criteria for whether a goal is attainable, reasonable, or even worthwhile.

In this short article, you’ll see an example of a very hard-throwing softball player with explanation of common velocities and the standard that should be set for young players. 

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Softball Throwing For Beginners: Infield Footwork

The crowhop is one of the most important but overlooked aspects of throwing mechanics for softball players. Beginner fielding technique and footwork is essential. Without good footwork, a player cannot use the hips and core correctly. In this article we’ll cover the basics for beginners; master good footwork and set the stage for better softball throwing mechanics. 

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