4 Ways Coaches Can Teach the Fundamentals of Softball

Tip No.3: Give A Brief Explanation of the Skill

Enhance the demonstration portion of the learning process by giving a brief explanation of the skill along with the demonstration. Use simple words your players will understand. Then ask them if they understand what you just taught them.

You can even have your players repeat your explanation back to you. If they look puzzled or are unable to repeat what you have said, you probably have not gotten through to them.

If that is the case, try using different words or emphasizing different points. Ask them what they do not understand. As a reminder: Young kids especially have short attention spans. Keep your explanations short and to the point, then get your players active and performing the skill.

Tip No. 4: Instruct Your Players

After you have demonstrated and explained the skill to your players, and you are sure they have some understanding of how to perform it, let them practice.

Initially, you will have to be hands-on with some of your players, while others may grasp the skill immediately. Spend time with those that are having difficulty, and walk them through each step. This will help them gain confidence and be able to perform the skill on their own.

Also, do not overlook those players who have more advanced skills and catch onto things quickly. They also need positive reinforcement and feedback. Remember: When teaching a skill, make sure to teach it in the proper progression.

Courtesy of Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA)– the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States.
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