Samantha Fischer- USA Softball Womenís National Team Infielder
Repetition is key! Take as many swings/ground balls/whatever as you can in the off season. This is also the time to tweak whatever wasn't working for you in your previous season. Get a good look and feel for what you think isn't working right and do the proper things to fix it (take lessons, look at film, etc.)
Don't forget your workouts! If you're in college you have to make sure to stick with your weight workouts. If you're not yet doing those types of workouts just make sure you're in good enough shape to handle practicing and playing every weekend!
Nicolas Serrato - USA Softball Jr. Menís National Team Infielder
During the off season I strive to accomplish three goals. My first goal being increased strength. I do this by working out in the gym three times a week and running up hills on my workout days.
My second goal is hitting. On the days I do not work out I first do tee work, then hit in the batting cage. While in the cage i emphasize bunting and situational hitting.
The third and final goal of mine is staying flexible. Whenever I have a chance to stretch I take it. The most important times however, are before and after weight training.
Jordan Taylor - USA Softball Womenís National Team Pitcher
As a pitcher I make sure to keep up my running. I do a lot of long sprints or 2-3 mile runs. I haven't been lifting as much as I did in college. Instead, I've been doing the Insanity workouts. I love them! They're super intense but short workouts so they're perfect for after a pitching workout. Since I've had history of arm issues, I try to take longer breaks with pitching to take stress off. I usually just do spins and occasional light workouts throughout the off season.
Zach Lach - USA Softball Jr. Menís National Team Pitcher
I am always trying to improve my flexibility especially in my wrist. Pitching is all about using the small muscles in your body and by working your small muscles, it will get you that extra 2-3 mph that your trying to get.
tip #2. A huge part of my training is doing my drills. They help me with my mechanics and help me in all areas of pitching, but the biggest help drills do is when you are throwing bad and just dont feel right. You can always go back to your drills and it will get you back to normal form.
tip #3. I always try to throw 3-4 times a week. This past offseason I threw to the softball team at my college which was a huge help in keeping my arm in shape and letting me work on things because I am throwing at 50% most of the time. This has helped me the greatest out of anything I have done and I plan on continuing it for years to come.
Kaitlin Cochran - USA Softball Womenís National Team Outfielder
While training in the off season I think itís important to keep up your fitness and continue eating right--the more you can make it a habit to eat right the easier it is to "get ready" for each season.
ē Do some light lifting three times a week and conditioning at least twice a week (for the Fall) then increasing the intensity about 2-3 months before season starts.
ē Increase your protein intake (lots of lean meats, milk, egg whites, etc.)
ē Throwing/Hitting (especially live BP & tee work)/Fielding at least 2-3 times a week
Dylan Elmer - USA Softball Jr. Menís National Team Catcher
Things that I do in the offseason are things that I want to improve on for the next season. On of offensive side itís things like bunting, slap hitting and hitting for power. Iím a catcher so on the defensive side I work on my foot work, blocking balls, catching live pitching, framework and stretching.
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