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Visualization for Softball Positions

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Visualization is something that many do not realize the potential for.  Our bodies do actually have some physiological effect as a result of visualization. there is also a psychological effect such as confidence and a perceived improvement that can occur which has a positive effect on performance.  Here are some common things that happen for all of the softball positions.  I have compiled a number of visualization for softball positions that you can do either before games or practices and even before you go to sleep at night time.

Use the following points to visualize specifics for your position.

Visualization for Softball Positions

FIRST BASE

  • Stretch
  • Tag out for runner off the bag
  • Scoop
  • Clean fielding and throwing to home
  • Clean fielding and toss to 2nd baseman covering 1st
  • Calling for the ball
  • Getting back to 1st base for the throw
  • Receiving a hard throw at 1st base and catching it
  • Ready position at the bag for a throw
  • Getting into position for a cut and making a play at a base
  • Getting into position for a cut and letting it go through to home plate
  • Encouraging teammates
  • Back hand ground balls (short hops)
  • Tag on dive back
  • Pick off by catcher (footwork to get back to bag)
  • Bunt coverage

SECOND BASE

  • Tag out at bag
  • Underhand toss to 1st base
  • Underhand toss to SS at 2nd base
  • Sidearm throw to 1st base
  • Backhand flip to SS at 2nd base
  • Encouraging teammates
  • Calling loudly for the ball
  • Clean fielding and throwing
  • Double play from SS at bag
  • Back hand ground balls
  • Backing up at 1st base
  • Receiving a tough throw at 2nd base and catching it
  • Receiving a tough throw at 1st base and catching it
  • Pop ups between infield and outfield
  • Relay on a deep hit to the outfield
  • Diving to catch ground balls and line drives

SHORTSTOP

  • Back hand ground balls
  • Underhand toss to 3rd base
  • Receiving a tough throw at 2nd base and catching it
  • Covering 2nd on a bunt
  • Covering 3rd on a bunt
  • Calling loudly for the ball
  • Encouraging teammates
  • Receiving a tough throw at 3rd base and catching it
  • Underhand toss to SS at 2nd base
  • Sidearm throw to 2nd base
  • Tag at 2B
  • Feed to 2nd on double play
  • Pop ups between infield and outfield – outfielder calls you off
  • Ground balls in hole, pivot and throw
  • Diving to catch ground ball or line drive
  • Relay on a deep hit to the outfield

THIRD BASE

  • Bail out and cover 3B from in close coverage
  • Tag outs at the base
  • Calling loudly for the ball
  • Clean fielding and throw to 1st base
  • Clean fielding and throw to 2nd base
  • Clean fielding and throw to home plate
  • Clean fielding and toss to 3rd base
  • Encouraging team mates
  • Back hand ground ball on the line
  • Ground ball to your left in front of SS
  • Bunt pick up and throw 1B, 2B, 3B
  • Diving to catch a ground ball or line drive
  • Foul pop ups near the fence/dugout

CATCHER

  • Framing strikes
  • blocking dirt pitches
  • Block and tag at plate
  • Extending up to catch a high pitch
  • Getting to wild pitches quickly
  • Throwing a nice low toss to the plate after a passed ball
  • Pop outs in front of plate
  • Pop outs near backstop
  • Bad pitch inside & outside
  • Steal throw mechanics at 2nd and 3rd base
  • Pickoff throws runners on 1st and 3rd

PITCHERS

  • Fielding ground balls to your left and right
  • Mechanics of bunt coverage and throws
  • Pop Ups
  • Wild pitch coverage at the plate
  • Pointing up to the side of a pop up to the catcher
  • Covering first base on ground ball
  • Backing up third and home plate on throws from the outfield
  • Work with catchers on intentional walks

OUTFIELD

  • Side to side range
  • Up and back range
  • One down on ground ball
  • Crow hopping
  • Backing each other up
  • Tweeners in the gaps
  • Coordination between infield, outfield, on short fly ball
  • Diving to catch a ball
  • Diving to cut off a ball going to the gap
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Visualization for Softball Positions
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Visualization for Softball Positions
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I have put together some things that players can visualize before games or even during practices. This can be done at home or just before the activity.
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