This softball infield opportunities drill is great for teaching the next play part of the game. Many times players will simply stop once they receive the ball at first base for example. There are often additional plays to make once the first out has been made at first base. When there are runners on base the receiver at first base will sometimes need to throw to an additional base. It is important when running this drill to make sure that when the ball arrives at its destination, unless it is to the coach, that the players remain ready for anything. The play is never over until the ball is back in the pitchers circle.
Softball Infield Opportunities Drill
Set up infield with extra players lining up behind the positions and rotating in. Two first base players line up at first base, one on the outfield side of the bag and one on the infield side. Two coaches at home plate. One coach hits the ball to the third base player who fields and throws to the first base player lined up on the infield side of first base. The other coach hits to second and shortstop who make double plays – second to first – to the first base player on the outfield side of the base.
The drill moves quickly and gives the players many opportunities. If they miss a play, they’ll get another chance very quickly. It helps a lot if you have many balls on hand in case one is missed. The first base player can drop the balls in a bucket behind them and get ready for the next throw or you can have them throw to home plate or even to third.
You can add many scenarios to this drill depending on what you want to work on. You can also add runners to make it a little more game like and then tell them the number of outs.