Softball is a physically and mentally demanding sport. There are also two sides to the game, offense and defense. When a player is on the defensive side, they could be asked to play one of nine or multiple positions on the field. Each position is going to require various athleticism and knowledge from the player filling the spot. The role of a defensive player is to pitch, catch, throw, field, run to back up a base, just to name a few. Have you ever heard a coach say, “if you are standing still when the ball is put in play, you are doing something wrong?” All nine softball players on the defensive side play a role when they step on the field. Defensive players are always moving when they step between the lines.
It is imperative for teams to take time to warm up before games correctly. Even if that means getting to the field 20-30 minutes earlier than planned. Softball is physically demanding and players and their muscles need to be warmed up before going full speed. When players arrive at the field, start by going on a team jog to warm up the legs. After the jog, have the players break into lines and complete a dynamic warm up. The dynamic warm up can consist of any movement exercise, such as high knees, side shuffles, karaoke, and wind sprints. It is also beneficial to mix in stretching exercises such as Frankenstein’s, forward and backward arm circles, and a standing free stretch where players can choose their stretches. This will help get players ready to field and get outs on the defensive side of the game. Warming up also gets softball players ready for the offensive aspect of the game as well.