In many northern states, softball practice has to begin before the weather outside is nice enough for practice. Often, the first few practices have to be held indoors in a gymnasium. But that's OK, because there are plenty of indoor softball drills that players can use in order to get ready for the softball season.
Hitting from a Tee
It's impossible to get players any real batting practice against a live pitcher during indoor softball drills. However, players can begin to get themselves back into the hitting mode by hitting off a tee.
Many older players think it's a waste of time to hit a softball off a tee. All they can think about is when they were six years old and playing tee-ball. But once the role of this drill is explained to the players, they see that it's useful and are more willing do it.
While hitting off a tee a player should concentrate on their stance and the position of their hands and arms. Then the player needs to make sure to step forward with their front foot, keeping the back foot planted, and swing the bat well--all the way through the ball. They also need to be sure to keep their head down and eye on the ball. A coach can actually help a player be a better hitter by watching them swing while hitting off a tee and then correcting any areas that need adjustment.
Practicing with a Pitching Machine
Pitching machines are a great tool for indoor softball drills. The speed can be set precisely so a player can get into the rhythm of hitting the ball. During these hitting drills, a player should try to hit the ball right back at the pitching machine.
Also, hitting off a pitching machine is a perfect opportunity for players to practice bunting. This is a lost art with most of today's players, however, if they start practicing bunting indoors then they should be able to do it well enough in the games.
Fielding and Throwing
There is an almost unlimited number of indoor softball drills players can do that involve fielding and throwing. These drills will help the players get into shape to play softball and the drills will also help a coach evaluate the players.