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Old 05-26-2009, 05:56 PM
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Practice the way you are going to play. The things you do in practice will carry over to game time. Don't be lackadaisical during batting or pitching practice as once you develop bad mechanics they can sometimes be hard to unlearn. Pay attention during practice, if you catch your mind wandering off during practice, chances are it will happen during the game as well.
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Select a bat that is suited to you. Bats come in varying lengths and weights. They are also made from different materials. Find one that feels comfortable when swinging. If you have to use too much force to swing, then you should select a lighter bat and visa versa. Being comfortable with your bat is the first step in becoming a great hitter.
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:57 PM
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Remember to have fun. It is just a game after all. If you take softball too seriously, you miss the main point of the sport. So relax, try your best, and don't be afraid to fail. You can't win every game.
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Always believe that the next ball hit is coming to you, otherwise you can be caught flat-footed. Be attentive.
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Buy a glove that fits you and is suitable for the position you are playing. Make sure to break your glove in. Playing catch is the best way to break it in.
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Proper rest between pitching sessions is essential to prevent injury. The motions used to pitch are not natural to the body so extended pitching without rest can lead to shoulder, elbow, wrist, and/or knee problems.
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Learn the strike zone. Avoid hitting bad pitches that are too high or low in the strike zone. Don't be overly aggressive. Focus on hitting the ball to put it into play. Keep your eye on the ball.
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Look at the spot where the ball is going to leave the pitchers hand. Don't make the folly of looking at the pitchers eyes, that's not where the pitch will be coming from. One way to practice this is to take batting practice without swinging. Just watch the balls as they leave the pitchers hand to the catcher's glove. Try to see if you can tell which pitch is coming and where it is going. This will help you develop your pitch recognition skills.
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Always pay attention to your base coaches when running the bases. Your third base coach has a better view of what's going on and will guide you whether to keep going or to stop. No worse feeling than getting thrown out at home after running through your 3rd base coach's sign.
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Be sure to know the rules on stealing for which version of softball you are playing. You can only steal in fast pitch softball. There is no leading from the bag in any version of softball.
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Old 05-28-2009, 04:00 PM
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When looking for a softball league to play for, there are a number of factors you will need to consider. Most leagues are run by an athletics club or other sports organization. Some corporate organzitions such as your work may even have a team you can join. Check out the leagues in your area for such details as slow pitch vs fast pitch, co-ed or not, the level of competition vs having fun, etc. Finding the right league is very important to your enjoyment of playing the game of softball.
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