Fastpitch Softball Coaching Cheat Sheet: 50 Common Situations to Practice

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50 common fastpitch softball practice situations
In case you need ideas for what to work on in practice, here’s a cheat sheet of 50 common situations to practice…
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Defensive Situations

  • No one on
  • Runner at 1
  • Runners at 1st & 2nd
  • Bases loaded
  • Runner at 2nd
  • Runner at 3rd
  • Bunt coverage
  • 1st & 3rd
  • Pick offs
  • Rundowns

Baserunning Situations
Running from 1st (less than 2 outs)

  • pop up
  • ground ball to left side
  • ground ball right side
  • line drive
  • deep fly ball

Running from 2nd (no one on 1st, less than 2 outs)

  • pop up
  • ground ball to left side
  • ground ball right side
  • line drive
  • deep fly ball

Running from 3rd (no one on 1st/2nd, less than 2 outs)

  • pop up
  • ground ball to left side
  • ground ball right side
  • line drive
  • deep fly ball

Running from 2nd (with runner on 1st, less than 2 outs)

  • pop up
  • ground ball to left side
  • ground ball right side
  • line drive
  • deep fly ball

Running from 3rd (with bases loaded, less than 2 outs)

  • pop up
  • ground ball to left side
  • ground ball right side
  • line drive
  • deep fly ball

Running with two outs from all bases

  • pop up
  • ground ball to left side
  • ground ball right side
  • line drive
  • deep fly ball

Coverages

  • Outfield Coverage
  • Infield Coverage
  • Bunt Coverage
  • Steal Coverage
  • Pick-off Coverage
  • Passed ball Coverage

Other

  • Pop Up/Fly Ball Priorities (calling for ball)
  • Defensive Signals
  • Pitching Signals
  • Hitting Signals

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3 comments on “Fastpitch Softball Coaching Cheat Sheet: 50 Common Situations to Practice
  1. Joe Lewis says:

    Just a note to inquire about a program that I purchased a while back and wondered why I haven’t been getting updates? or if I have where are they going? thank U

  2. Yes these are, More times than not I remind my 14U travel fastpitch team the following.

    1.) We must make outs, not almost, not maybe, OUTS HAVE TO BE MADE!!

    2.) Don’t overcomplicate the situation by thinking. You’re expecting and reacting.

    3.) At no time should any spectator or passer buyer be able to tell who’s winning. We will remain poised.

    4.) Winning is an attitude, losing is a bad taste. Winning happens when you stop playing for yourself and you sy art playing for them.

    5. The little things!

    6.) “The Four Controlables”

    -Your Attitude
    -Your Emotions
    -Your Effort
    -The outcome of your at
    bats.

  3. The young female athletes I have been given the opportunity to work with and for each other. I use my USMC background to instill discipline, situational awareness and teamwork! I am glad to read your 50 most common plays/situations.

    I constantly remind them the game is simple if we don’t over think. If we remain checked in and maintain situational awareness, you’ll find yourself more times y than not in the right position to make an out.

    We’re looking for dificiencies on offense and mistakes. Looking for advantage on the athlete who is routine. We are looking for the mistake by the pitcher and punishing the ball when it happens. We’re needing to execute in the box whether yout a power hitter or a slapper do your job. Dont play for yourself play for each other. I don’t take credit for their success, only their failures. If they failed then some where along the line I failed to prepare them. Their success happens when they buy in to each other and they work for the same goal. Physical mistakes happen but then you make an adjustment. Mental mistakes are unacceptable and if repetitive there is only 2 reasons why. 1. You lack the where with all to do something different. 2. Your a me player not a team player. Repetitive mental mistakes aren’t mistakes after 2 or 3 they’re called habits.

    I love this game and I’ll coach females over boys all day any day. The female athlete when taught to be confident even in failure will out hustle out work a male athlete all day long. Why….because females are perfectionists. That’s my 2 cents, my girls own their mistakes and therefore succeed more times than not. I tell them this game is humbling and unpredictable. You have to remain fluid and composed, athletes who play under emotion will fail because of their own pressure.

    “Anyone can be ordinary, you should try to be extraordinary.”

    “The best in the game aren’t perfect. They learn from their mistakes and failures. So when the situation presents itself again they recognize the situation and seize the opportunity to not be beat again!”

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