How to Play Better Softball

Just a few simple tips can make your softball playing very good. These tips can help you play like a star. Here in this article are some tips on playing some of the positions and how to stay safe while still having fun. Softball is a great game to play.


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    • Watch The Ball! It might sound crazy, but the first thing is to watch the ball. You'll be able to tell if the pitch is a ball or a strike, and if you should swing or not.
    • Stride forward with the foot that's closest to the pitcher, and take your swing at the ball. Don't forget, keep watching the ball.
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    • Pay attention. Don't stop watching the game if nothing comes to you.
    • Get into a ready position as the ball is being pitched. Keep your glove down and be able to move from side to side very quickly.
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    • Use two hands if a grounder is coming to you. This means have your glove down on the ground and keep your other hand above the glove to trap the ball. This way if the ball takes a bounce you're not expecting your hand will block it. Also, when you get the ball in your glove your hand will be on it very quickly so that you can throw the ball to your target faster and beat the runner to the base.
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    Short Fly Balls!
    • Use two hands. If you have to do a basket catch, have one hand close so you can throw it quickly and to help keep the ball in your glove when you catch it.
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    • Keep your eyes open and on the game. You must resist the urge to space out, even though the game can be dull for an outfielder.
    • Back up the infield. Stay behind them and in a position to recover the ball in the infielder misses it.


  • If you are the shortstop, and the second baseman goes for the ball, and there's a runner coming to second base, get to second. The second baseman can throw to you to get the runner out.
  • When waiting to bat, watch the pitcher and infielders. Pay attention to their strategies, so that when you go up to bat you can play to their weakness and know what moves to play.
  • If you're covering a base and the throw you get isn't a very good one, get the ball. It's more important to catch the ball than to keep your foot on the base.
  • Look for holes. Not only can holes be areas where no one is covering, but a one way ticket for the runners and batters to get back home. Pay attention to them and have a constant knowledge of where the ball is.
  • Have a mental plan of what will give you the highest success of getting a hit for every different count. When the count is in your favor be looking for certain pitches to place into an open space. When you are behind look to drive the ball into either left or right center field depending if it's inside or outside.
  • Never throw to a base that no one is covering.
  • Again, watch that ball.
  • Make sure you don't scoop the ball when you try to catch one that isn't a grounder!
  • Wear a chin strap.
  • Listen to your coach. Whether you like it or not, it's probably the best thing for the team.
  • Even though it sounds stupid and silly, wear a face mask. It protects your face, your team (from one of your players getting hurt), and money. $50 compared to hundreds and even thousands on broken bones, etc. is almost nothing.
  • Don't be afraid of the ball. Remember that the ball is a softball and remember that bruises heal.


  • Stretch before practicing and games. It can stop you from pulling a muscle.
  • Wear a batting helmet. This is essential to keeping your head safe.
  • If you are the catcher, wear all of the catcher's gear, even if it's really uncomfortable.
  • Wear a mouthguard. Though it may seem silly, it can save you hundreds of dollars and a mouthful of shattered teeth.

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