At-Home Training Blog
During the COVID-19 Safer-At-Home Order and during any part of the off-season, we encourage you to use the training resources in this blog to develop your skills and stay active so you are ready for the next softball season!
IMPORTANT CHANGE FOR FALL 2023 AND SUMMER 2024 SEASONS:
USA SOFTBALL HAS CHANGED THE AGE CUTOFF DATE TO AUGUST 31 INSTEAD OF DECEMBER 31. PYS IS ADOPTING THIS CHANGE. PLAYERS BORN IN SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER WILL RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL YEAR OF ELIGIBILITY IN THEIR 2023 AGE DIVISION.
2024 PORTAGE PRIDE INFORMATION: COACHING AND PLAYER INTEREST FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. TRYOUTS WILL BE SHORTLY AFTER WE CLOSE THE FORMS. **SUBMIT INTEREST FORM NOW**
Notice there are not extra steps when the throw down is done. Get the ball quick to the ear and stay low. Do NOT stand all the way up.
Follow this video to develop your blocking skills for the catcher position. This is a great drill for all age levels.
A catcher has several responsibilities on the softball field. One of the most important is being able to block a wild pitch to prevent runners from advancing. To properly block a ball in the dirt, start in an athletic stance. When the ball comes to you, you will first need to drop to your knees. Then, create an angle with your back and cradle over top of the ball. Next, keep your chin down and place your glove between your legs. This can help keep the ball in front of you.
On your knee, backhand toss tennis balls into a laundry basket as shown in the video. You can use sock balls or wiffle balls if you don't have tennis balls.