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A Catcher's Guide: How to Catch a Pop-up

A Catcher's Guide: How to Catch a Pop-up

A catcher can see the whole field, except for what’s hit above her head. This softball guide will offer tips on how to catch pop-ups behind the plate.
Bunt Defense with Runners on Base in Softball

Bunt Defense with Runners on Base in Softball

A bunt situation may seem easy with no runners on base, but add in a runner or two and the defense gets sticky. Learn how to get out of a jam with this softball guide.
How to Warm Up a Softball Team

How to Warm Up a Softball Team

You can’t show up to the field just a few minutes before a game and expect to win — softball teams need proper warm-ups. This guide outlines how to warm up your team.
How to Run a Softball Tryout

How to Run a Softball Tryout

Weeding out the best players for your softball team can be tough if you can’t figure out how to showcase their abilities. This guide provides tips on how to plan tryouts.
The Role of the Leadoff Batter in Softball

The Role of the Leadoff Batter in Softball

The leadoff batter has to be smart and aggressive at the plate, but she's there to do more than just get on base. This softball guide describes the role for the leadoff.
How to Utilize the On-deck Circle in Softball

How to Utilize the On-deck Circle in Softball

You can do more in the on-deck circle than just wait for your turn to hit! This softball guide will offer some tips on how to best utilize your time on deck.
How to Make a Softball Skills Video

How to Make a Softball Skills Video

Skills videos are great tools for the recruitment process. This softball guide will offer tips on how to make the best video possible to showcase your talent.
Umpire Signals for Softball

Umpire Signals for Softball

If you want to become an umpire, you need to know the hand signals that accompany the calls. Keep reading to learn the signals used behind the plate and on the field.
How to Scout a Softball Team

How to Scout a Softball Team

Scouting is a great tool to use when preparing for a big game. This softball guide offers tips on how to scout an opposing team to get the best report possible.
Umpiring Tips for Softball

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Umpiring is one of the toughest things to do in softball. You have to call a fair game, but you can’t please everyone! Keep reading for some tips on being “the Blue.”
How to Turn a Double Play from the Shortstop to Second Baseman in Softball

How to Turn a Double Play from the Shortstop to Second Baseman in Softball

With a runner on first, every team must be able to “shoot a pair” (turn a double play). Learn how to turn it from the shortstop to second base in this softball guide.
How to Turn a Double Play from the Second Baseman to the Shortstop in Softball

How to Turn a Double Play from the Second Baseman to the Shortstop in Softball

If there are less than two outs and a runner on base, get ready to turn two. Learn how the middles work together to turn a double play in this softball guide.
Calisthenic Stretches for Softball

Calisthenic Stretches for Softball

Whether you are a team captain, a coach, or just a player trying to train, calisthenic stretches are a great way to warm up for competition on the softball field.
Slowpitch Softball Rules & Regulations

Slowpitch Softball Rules & Regulations 38 Comments

A sport of its own, slowpitch softball is growing in popularity. Whether you already play or want to start, this guide offers a breakdown of its most common rules.
How to Give Batting Signals in Softball

How to Give Batting Signals in Softball 6 Comments

In softball, hitting signals are as essential to your offense as the batters. Signals have to be clear, yet disguisable so they aren’t picked off. Read on to learn more!
How to Retreat Back to the Bag in Softball

How to Retreat Back to the Bag in Softball

Have you ever been picked off after taking too big of a lead? If so, this softball guide shares some tips on how to get back to the bag safely and quickly.
How to Do a Delayed Steal in Softball

How to Do a Delayed Steal in Softball

Feel like being risky on the base paths? If you’ve got the speed and the brains, try a delayed steal. This softball guide will give you what you need to steal safely.
How to Choose a Pair of Softball Cleats

How to Choose a Pair of Softball Cleats

Softball cleats need to be comfortable, flexible, and fitting. Learn what to look for when shopping for a new pair of cleats in this softball guide.
How to Crow Hop in the Outfield in Softball

How to Crow Hop in the Outfield in Softball

A crow hop, in short, is a leap used to gain forward momentum for a throw in the outfield. This softball guide will teach you how to perfect this invaluable skill.
How to Play the Wind in Softball

How to Play the Wind in Softball

One of the biggest challenges you'll face in softball, especially in the outfield, is wind. With this guide, you'll learn how to play in the elements and conquer them!
How to Throw Ahead of the Runners in Softball

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In the outfield, you have to know where to make the play before the pitch is even released. This softball guide will prep you on how to make these tough decisions.
How to Defend Against a Steal to Second Base in Softball

How to Defend Against a Steal to Second Base in Softball

Anytime there is a runner on first base with less than two outs, you should prepare for the steal. Learn how to defend it with this softball guide.
How to Run the Tiebreaker in Softball

How to Run the Tiebreaker in Softball

In youth fastpitch, an official tiebreaker rule is implemented after the completion of seven innings if the game is tied. Learn how it’s done with this softball guide.
A Guide to Cutoffs in Softball

A Guide to Cutoffs in Softball

If done correctly, cutoffs (or relays) can make or break plays at the plate. Follow along with this softball guide to learn how, when, and where to execute a cutoff.
How to Catch a Softball

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If you’re new to softball, one of the first skills you’ll need to learn is how to catch a ball. Follow along with this guide to learn the basic form and technique.
Softball Slap Defense: No Runners on Base

Softball Slap Defense: No Runners on Base

When a batter steps into the left side of the box, be ready for a slap. This softball guide will offer some advice on the proper ways to defend against a slapper.
How to Improve Your Wrist Snap in Softball

How to Improve Your Wrist Snap in Softball

As a beginning softball player, you will soon find out that before you can perfect your throw, you must perfect your wrist snap. Check out this guide to learn more.
How to  Lead off the Base in Softball

How to Lead off the Base in Softball

Quick and deceptive lead-offs in softball will keep the defense on their toes. This guide will outline two different lead-offs that’ll make you a threat on the bases.
How to Track the Ball in the Outfield in Softball

How to Track the Ball in the Outfield in Softball

An outfielder is responsible for anything that hits the green — even if it’s over her head. Follow along with this softball guide for tips on tracking fly balls.
Softball Catcher’s Guide: How to Get Into a Stance

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A softball catcher squats for seven innings every game. Comfort, then, is her first priority. Follow along with this guide’s tips to find a stance most comfortable for you!
Softball Catcher’s Guide: How to Block the Ball

Softball Catcher’s Guide: How to Block the Ball 4 Comments

If the pitch is in the dirt, you’ve still got to stop it! That means you’ve got to drop and block it, and this softball guide will offer tips and techniques on just that.
How to Calculate a Pitcher's Earned Run Average in Softball

How to Calculate a Pitcher's Earned Run Average in Softball

Everyone knows what it is, but do you know how it’s calculated? Learn how to determine a pitcher’s earned run average (ERA) with this softball guide.
A Guide to the Recruitment Process for Collegiate Softball

A Guide to the Recruitment Process for Collegiate Softball 2 Comments

Are you working towards an athletic scholarship in softball? If so, you’ll need to know the rules. Check out this guide for the basics on college recruitment.
How to Go about an Official College Visit for Softball

How to Go about an Official College Visit for Softball

You’ve gotten letters of interest and now you’re on your way to visit your first college. This softball guide will offer guidance on how to go about your visit.
How to Time the Two-Step Approach for Slapping in Softball

How to Time the Two-Step Approach for Slapping in Softball

Is the three-step approach for slapping too much movement for you? Check out this guide to learn the timing for two-step approach for slapping in softball.
How to Slap in Softball: Footwork for the Two-Step Approach

How to Slap in Softball: Footwork for the Two-Step Approach

If the three-step footwork for slapping is uncomfortable, the alternative requires only two steps. Check out this guide for the two-step approach for softball slappers.
How to Time the Three-Step Approach for Slapping in Softball

How to Time the Three-Step Approach for Slapping in Softball

For slapping in softball, timing is just as important as the footwork. This guide will give you everything you need in order to learn how to time the three-step approach.
How to Slap in Softball: Footwork for the Three-Step Approach

How to Slap in Softball: Footwork for the Three-Step Approach

If you want to learn how to slap hit in softball, there is one thing you need to master first: The footwork. Read this guide to learn the three-step footwork.
The Basic Swing for Beginning Softball Slappers

The Basic Swing for Beginning Softball Slappers

If you are just learning how to slap, check out this softball guide for an isolated look at the basic swing mechanics for any slapper.
Softball Catcher’s Guide: How to Frame a Pitch

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No pitcher can throw a strike every time. So as a catcher, you need to know how to frame the pitch. Check out this softball guide for more details and tips on framing!
Softball Bunt Defense

Softball Bunt Defense

If there are less than two outs and a runner on base, be ready for the bunt. Read this softball guide to learn the proper bunt defense and you’ll be ready for anything.
How Hitting Stats are Calculated in Softball

How Hitting Stats are Calculated in Softball 3 Comments

Hitting statistics are quite intricate because several variables go into each formula. But if math isn’t your strength, this softball guide explains every calculation.
Fastpitch Softball Rules & Regulations

Fastpitch Softball Rules & Regulations 9 Comments

Softball, like any other sport, has rules and regulations in place to keep the players safe. Learn the rules in this guide and you'll be ready to hit the field.
History of Softball

History of Softball 11 Comments

What was created as a sport played only by men has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. Dive into the past with this guide, and uncover the history of softball.
Softball Field Dimensions

Softball Field Dimensions 4 Comments

This guide details the dimensions of a softball field. From the distance between home plate and the fence, to the circle surrounding the pitching mound, it’s all here.
Softball Glossary

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Check out this Softball glossary to find the sport-specific definitions for which you have been looking. From A to Z, we've got all the words covered.
What to Look for in a Softball Slapper

What to Look for in a Softball Slapper

Slapping is one of the most unique types of hitting in softball,but it takes special skills. Check out this guide to see if any of your players have what it takes!
How to Be the Runner in a Squeeze Play in Softball

How to Be the Runner in a Squeeze Play in Softball

If a squeeze play is called and you’re the runner, you need to be sprinting down the line. Timid? Don’t be. This guide provides tips on how to run in a squeeze play.
How to Defend against a Squeeze Play in Softball

How to Defend against a Squeeze Play in Softball

When the game is on the line in softball, be ready for a squeeze from your opponents. This guide teaches how to properly defend against any squeeze play.
How to Optimize the Batting Order in Softball

How to Optimize the Batting Order in Softball

If your offense isn't working, it could be your lineup. Check out this softball guide for tips on how to prioritize and optimize your batting lineup.
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