Recording In Game Data For Player Development and Practice Plans For Softball (Part 3)

If you haven’t checked out part 1 and 2 I recommend you do that. In part 3 we will go over how I got my findings from the video I posted in part 2.

In part 2 I shared some important information to take into account when watching a play. From what inning, number of out, play type, and so on and so forth. Just for a fresh reminder this is what I gather from the play above.

Bottom of the 4th; the hitter is swinging from the right side; 2 outs; regular ground ball; top spin; long hop; two hands; 2-step; arm side throw.

let’s get started… I’m going to start to break down the video pic by pic. In the first video I’ll be looking at the ball spin off the bat.

As you can see, the hitter clipped the top of ball creating a ground ball to the shortstop. That being said, if you clip the top of the ball you create top spin.

Therefore, Ball spin = Top Spin; next we will look at Hop type. Now, everyone will have different names for everything. The key is to make sure that in your program your staff and players know what your talking about. So, let’s look at the hop type the shortstop got.

As you can see in the video the ball takes two hops off the dirt. Resulting in the last hop taking a nice long hop to the shortstop; Hop type = Long hop.

Now, the next video we will look at the play type. For many this is where most will have different terms and opinions. In my next post I will go over the different terms we use to help track our data.

In the video you can see that the shortstop didn’t have to move to her left for a forehand; she didn’t have to go in. Nor did she have to go to the backhand side. To me this is a regular ground ball. Therefore, Play type= Regular.

Now, we will look at Hand type. Did the shortstop use two hands, one hand, or bear hand? Let’s break down the video.

As you can see she fields the ball with two hands… Hand type= Two Hands. Nothing more, nothing less. Next, we will take a look at the foot work the shortstop used after gathering the ball.

Now, this one can be hard to see sometimes. If you look closely, the Shortstop replaces her feet then makes a throw. This is a 2-Step. Rewatch the video and count the steps. You will see the 1–2 throw. Footwork=2-Step.

Lastly we will break down the throw. I want you to watch where the throw ends up and how the first baseman moves.

As you can see the throw makes the right hand first baseman step across her body. The throw from the shortstop runs arm side. Therefore, Throw/Feed=Arm Side

Now, I’m telling you, doing this live can be very hard. If you have a process it actually can be very easy. In my next post we will go through all of the different terms we use to help track our data.


Assistant Softball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator |William Jewell College NCAA DII | Kansas City