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Softball Conditioning Exercises That Are Best for Youth
by: Marc Dagenais

Softball is a sport not for adults only because many youth enjoy the sport as well. For our young softball players, there are activities for softball conditioning exercises design to improve your strength, stamina, staying power, and agility. By improving the gaming performance of every softball player through the help of softball conditioning exercises, there is a huge a probability that the players’ talents and potentials will be unleashed while unwanted injuries are prevented.

If you are a softball coach coaching a team of young softball players, you would like to consider these youth softball conditioning training techniques to develop and improve your players.

• Stretching Prior to the Game – This is done through warm-up exercises, which are the most recommended youth softball conditioning training protocols. During games or practices, softball coaches must see to it that their teams carry out a well-ordered series of stretching and warm-up exercises before they engage in. They need to spend at least 10-12 minutes stretching all principal muscle groups prior to the game. These muscle groups comprise of, but not limited to, arms, shoulders, legs, hips, and back.

• Practicing the Slide – This is one of the most vital youth softball conditioning exercises. In playing softball, you must know that 70% of injuries are caused by improper sliding. Therefore it is of significant for the coaches to train their players how to slide properly. When the time comes that they have learned this skill, the proper practice of slide should be incorporated on their practices on weekly basis until they master the proper sliding techniques. This is important because the proper sliding technique should be committed to the muscle memory permanently.

This technique is best performed in the outfield grass. Make use of the right foot as the takeoff foot when sliding to the right and when sliding to the left take off on the left foot. When slide takeoff begins, the arms of the players should be thrown up making the upper body extended backwards while the feet point forward, close and parallel to the ground. And with your toes and heads up, land on your buttocks with arms spread out for balance. In a bent position, tuck the left or right leg and put it under the other leg to avoid unnecessary injury while making a slide.

• Incorporating Aerobic Exercise – Aerobic exercises are also beneficial as a part of youth softball conditioning training protocols. Among these exercises include swimming and jumping rope. These aerobic exercises can increase the blood circulation and heart rate for a long period of time as they increase bone strength and muscle tone.

However, these youth softball conditioning exercises are not intended to replace the softball drills which are designed to improve softball skills and improve the performance of every softball player. But a good softball drills are ordered from least exhausting to most exhausting for gradual progress until the body of the players adapt to the process of physical conditioning. These guidelines for softball conditioning are designed to prepare the players before they engage in physical activities thereby necessary to incorporate for complete fitness regimen.

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Marc Dagenais, MHK, CSCS, is a softball peak performance coach that helps players and teams hit with more power and be more dominant on the softball field. To get tons of great FREE softball drills to boost your game, visit us at:
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