Softball is a sport where conditioning during the activity is at a minimum. Softball players sprint on and off the field from their positions and around the bases when they are on offense. Pitchers are the only position on the defense who are always in motion, and it is a very relaxed and low heart rate movement which surprises many. When teams are not on the field for defense, they are standing or sitting in the dugout waiting for their individual at bats.
It’s important that coaches find a way to incorporate conditioning into team practice. Even though softball players only have to sprint from home to first on a regular basis, it’s important to increase the conditioning load, so players get faster, stronger, and mentally tough.
Below are three ways for softball coaches to incorporate conditioning into practice.