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To be an excellent softball athlete, you must have good hand-eye coordination. Don’t worry if you’re a little shaky, however. The following practices will help you improve your skills.

Catching

A game of catch isn’t just a great way for parents and kids to bond: it also helps you develop hand-eye coordination for softball. However, you don’t necessarily need a partner to reap the benefits. As long as you have a wall to throw a tennis ball against, you can practice catching it. You can even increase the number of balls or throw the ball harder so that it will come back to you more quickly as you become proficient.

 

Focus Shifting

Don’t be surprised when you discover this helpful exercise for improving your coordination, which can be done sitting down. Pick two details objects — think a book cover, poster with text, or even some art — and place one close to you and one at least a foot away. First, train your gaze on the object closer to you for five seconds, during which you’ll note as many details as possible. Switch to the object that’s further away for five seconds and do the same. Repeat the process for a minute. When you want to switch it up, place objects on your right and left sides.

 

Blind Catching

If you have a friend who is willing to help, have them stand behind you on a slight rise. You’ll stand with your back toward your helper as they throw balls over your head to land in front of you one by one. Your job is to catch the ball before it hits the ground.

 

Ball Drops

Another simple technique to improve hand-eye coordination requires a tennis ball (or another bouncing ball). Bounce the ball away from you and try to catch it before it hits the ground for a second bounce. Repeat ten times and then switch hands.

 

Juggling

Juggling isn’t just for children’s’ birthday party performers! This hobby can also be an excellent way to level up your hand-eye coordination as your body learns to anticipate when an item will drop to keep it from falling. Start with three beanbags, and add more or increase difficult as your skills grow.