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Softball is a huge game of catch. If you can't hold onto the ball you're going to have a hard time making the plays ... See More
Softball is a huge game of catch. If you can't hold onto the ball you're going to have a hard time making the plays at games and at practice. So this Isport lesson we're going to learn how to catch a softball. It's important for new softball players to learn how to square their entire bodies to the thrower. That means your hips, toes, and shoulders should all point at the target. Keep your knees bent and your body in a strong athletic position. You have to remember you are the target. So, you want your glove to look as big as possible. Start with both arms extended at chest level. Notice that your hands form a W. This is perfect. Bend your elbows and bring them toward your torso. Your arms should be bent at about 90 degree angles. The fingers of your glove should be behind your glove so the pocket is entirely open. Your throwing hand needs to be poised next to your glove so you can catch the ball with two hands. As the ball is approaching keep your eyes on it. You may have to re-position your body to get behind the ball. So, be ready to move. Then secure it with two hands and you've caught it. Not every throw is going to be on target and while you should be ready to move your feet to get behind the ball sometimes you just wont have time. This drill the clock drill will help you to turn the glove when the throw isn't right to you. Move the glove straight up to 12 o'clock your fingers are pointed up and behind the ball. This is how you want your glove to be for every throw above your head. Moving down to 9 o'clock your pinky will be above your thumb this is how you want your wrist turned to catch everything that is thrown to your right. Moving down to six o'clock your fingers will be completely below the ball. This is how you want your glove positioned for any ball thrown below your waist. Now moving up to three o'clock keep your thumb above your fingers. This is how you want your wrist turned to catch any ball thrown to wide to your left. And now, lets review what we've covered. Always face your thrower. Keep your glove open and your hands in the W position. For balls thrown overhead keep your glove at 12 o clock. For balls to your left hold your glove at three. For balls thrown below your waist hold your glove at six o clock. Finally for balls thrown to the right hold your gloves at 9 o clock. Now remember if you can always move your body to catch the ball in front of you at about chest height. If your out of based and you need to be anchored use hand positions to catch off target throws.
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