Every softball player has a favorite position. When asking a player what position they play on the field, many will reply their single favorite position that they play the most. It’s okay for players to attribute themselves to playing one position but it’s the job of the coaches and the players to make sure the athletes don’t surrender themselves to that one position.
At the younger and developmental age levels, softball players should try every position. They won’t know what they are good at or what they like until they try them all. As players grow and develop they may shift their focus to one or two positions. Many position players at the college level pitched for their high school teams but were recruited to play the infield or outfield.
It’s important for softball players to learn how to play multiple positions on the field. Below are several of the benefits of learning and playing multiple positions.
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