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by Tim Covey
One of the challenges of coaching an outdoor sport is having to battle the elements. Having a plan with some indoor softball drills is a necessity if you coach “up north.”
So what do you do when you have the limited space of an indoor facility? As a starting point you need to assess the indoor space and the equipment that you have.
This will help you to visualize and begin thinking through your practice organization. The larger the indoor facility you have, the more of a variety of drills you can do.
I cover this in more detail in my post on practice planning.
Once you have an idea of your space, you can now begin to think through which drills are going to make the best indoor softball drills for your practices.
But here is the reality, MOST drills you do outside can be done indoors (with some modifications). For example, the bunting lanes drill for bunting works best on some clay to make it more game-like.
But you can do it anywhere. Indoor, outdoors, in your backyard.
But some drills are great for indoor practices where space is limited. Let’s dive in…
This is a drill for working on lateral movement with your fielders. This is a great drill for conditioning, working on lateral quickness, and basic grounder fundamentals.
Here is a very simple breakdown:
As you can see, it is not difficult and does not take much space to execute.
You may recognize this from a prior post on infield drills. But I am including it here because this is a great drill for an indoor practice with limited space.
We use this drill for multiple purposes:
It’s a great drill to accomplish multiple things. Click HERE to watch a video explanation of the drill and to read the full post explaining it…
This is a drill that would typically be done on an entire infield, but it CAN be done inside if you have the infielders using a gym or they have the indoor facility to themselves. We did this almost daily in January/February when I coached in the midwest.
BUT we did have enough space to make it work. If you are in a regulation gym you may need to modify things a bit.
Here is the breakdown:
Watch the video below to see an example of a few reps of this drill.
One thing to note from the example: To make this easier on yourself and to keep the drill moving faster, you can do a couple of things:
This is a drill to work on your run-down defense. As long as you have enough indoor space for infield bases you can easily do this indoors. Here are the key points of execution:
Once again, you may recognize this from a prior post. But this is a great indoor drill for infielders because it gets 3 players involved and does not take much space. In a nutshell, 3 players work together to work on backhand grounder technique.
Click HERE to watch a full description and a video of the drill.
“Still-Ball Backhands” is a drill to work on “raking” backhands properly. As the name implies, the ball will be still. This is on a backhand where the player is “sideways” to the ball…NOT straight at the ball. Click HERE for a good explanation of this type of backhand.
This is great for indoors because each player simply needs a ball and a little bit of space.
Obviously all of these indoor softball drills can be done indoors OR outdoors. The key is how you organize the space that you have (which is different for everyone). But with some organization and planning you can run a great practice inside!
March 14, 2018
Love it! Thanks so much Eric for sharing this! Anything that speeds things up is awesome…once your players catch on going fast in practice can have so much benefit in games!
March 05, 2018
Where I like this drill it forces the players to speed up the process. You will find he first times you run this the throws will sail everywhere. Have them pause, speak with the team as to how they can clean it up by following their mechanics and try again. We spend 5 months inside, hard to simulate games so when we get outside there isn’t much time before tournament season starts!
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