Playing softball competitively or recreationally requires a set of basic skills which include catching, throwing, fielding, hitting and base running. Even seasoned softball players must keep on drilling and practicing themselves on these skills in order to increase their performance.
The right catching skills allow a player not only to catch the ball without getting hurt but also to place him to throw the ball precisely. The ability to catch and throw a ball is quite important as this enables a player to throw out a baserunner who is trying to advance to the next base.
As previously mentioned, throwing is among the two most important defensive skills a player must learn in softball. A fast and accurate throw can make it hard for the opposing team to progress their runners or make a score. Softball players must practice the right throwing technique in order to hit their targets quickly, precisely and consistently.
Fielding is another essential defensive skill that a softball team has to master. Good team fielding makes it hard for the opposition to score runs. Players are drilled on the right means of fielding a ball that’s hit on the ground as well as in the air. Fielding drills also involve knowing where to throw the ball.
Hitting is probably the most challenging and fun skill to learn in softball. Hitting a little ball with a round bat out to a particular area – in the split of a second – is a technique that softball players must continually practice and perfect. A fantastic hit requires hand-eye coordination, fast reaction time, right technique and confidence.
Excellent base running isn’t just about speed, it is also about smart running. Even more important than simply moving around the bases is the wisdom to value the current game situation. A wily base runner takes into consideration the amount of workouts and the fielding placements of the resistance. Quick and smart base running places great pressure on the defensive team.