MIDDLE SCHOOL SOFTBALL
With so many new softball players in 2021, our goal is to develop a love of the game through skill work, team building, and encouragement.
On Wed., April 21, Coach Kendra scheduled a “coaching scrimmage” with the Flood Brook rec team, which is also a brand new team this year. She and the FB coach will stop the game frequently to explain rules, talk about where to throw the ball if it is hit to them, when they need to tag the base or the runner, etc. With so many new players, this will help everyone feel more confident in our first official game. Parents are welcome to watch if they wear masks and socially distance themselves from non-family members.
Everyone has a glove. Consider batting gloves too. They can take the sting out of a hit. I also suggest infield face masks for anyone who wants to play infield. They are not required. Long Trail supplies them for the pitcher and 3rd baseman. I have seen enough softball injuries to insist my daughter has one, so I am suggesting this to parents as well.
TIPS FROM COACH KENDRA
- Throw and catch every day. Think about the fundamentals I am teaching in practice and try to practice them.
- Swing a bat every day. If you don’t have a bat, swing a stick every day. You don’t even have to hit anything with it (although hitting things can be fun!) but think about the fundamentals of your swing in each swing. In a game, you will be too nervous to think about them, so think about them now so they come naturally in a game.
- When your glove is not being used by you, store it in a warm place with a softball in it. Make sure the ball is in the upper, laced part, not the palm. This will help your glove loosen up to make it easier to catch in the future.
- If you are a pitcher, take 50 pitches a day, after warming up your arm. Pitch to others, pitch to the side of the garage (with parents permission), pitch to a tree… you get the idea.