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Coaching Girls' Softball:
Rookies to Third Year

Drills and techniques to build beginner and intermediate level players’ skills every week of the season

Here’s a season’s worth of success in 75 exceptional videos that help you coach rookie to third-year players. There’s everything you need to teach defensive positions and tactics, as well as develop hitting, baserunning, throwing, pitching, catching, and bunting skills. Coach Jodie Ricciardi delivers each concise drill in an easy-to-use week-by-week progression. Your purchase also includes access to downloadable training notes and softball coaching tips for each drill.

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Defense: Grounders Side to Side

Table of Contents

Week One
  • Training Plan Introduction
  • Early Season Practices
  • Proper Warm-Up
  • Overhand Throwing Phases on One Knee
  • Basic Fielding Stance
  • Grounders with a Partner
  • Basic Hitting Technique
  • Dry Cuts
  • Eyes Open, Eyes Closed
  • Rules of the Game
  • Coaching Checklist
Week Two
  • Week Two Overview
  • Throw to a Target
  • Basic Baserunning
  • Grounders Side to Side
  • Grounders in Positions
  • Bat Throw
  • One-Handed, Off Tee
  • Tee-Hip Turns
  • Know Your Players' Abilities
Week Three
  • Week Three Overview
  • Overhand Throwing Phases Standing
  • Throw and Catch a Beanbag
  • Advanced Baserunning
  • Fly Ball Fundamentals
  • Full-Field Defense and Throw to Bases
  • Move the Ball
  • Soft Toss
  • Contact, Then Full Swing
  • Learn Multiple Positions
Week Four
  • Week Four Overview
  • Last Team Standing
  • Backhand Fielding
  • Drop Step
  • Soft Toss Numbered or Colored Balls
  • Front Toss
  • Practice at Home
Week Five
  • Week Five Overview
  • Overhand Throwing
  • Between the Cones
  • Three-Second Drill
  • Pitch to Players
  • Fence/Net Hitting Drill
  • Tee Swing Drill
  • Winning Isn't Everything
Week Six
  • Week Six Overview
  • Throw Around the Horn
  • Scrimmage or Crazy Softball
  • Rapid Ball Drill
  • Small Ball Soft Toss
  • Angle Toss
  • Keep It Short and Simple
Week Seven
  • Week Seven Overview
  • Relay Line Races
  • Tennis Ball Bounce
  • One-Hand Drill Without a Bat
  • Back Turned
  • Position Reminder
Week Eight
  • Week Eight Overview
  • Ball Throw Hitting
  • Long Tee or Soft Toss Long in Cage
  • Throw Around the Bases
  • The Coach's Attitude
  • Wiffle Ball Game Using No Gloves
Week Nine
  • Week Nine Overview
  • Full Swing with a Snap Back
  • Video Review
  • Short Hops
  • Keep Players Moving
  • Keep Players Moving
Week Ten
  • Week Ten Overview
  • All At Once Defense
  • Sacrifice Bunting
  • Off the Tee
  • Keep the Whole Team Involved

About the Coach

The Coach

Jodie Ricciardi has eight years of softball coaching experience at the collegiate level. She coached for two years at Drew University, two years at The College of New Jersey and four years at Princeton University. She coaches softball at clinics and camps, and through private lessons. 


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