Below you will find the format for the pre-game warmup. These softball skills demonstrations should be done before each pool play game at the Buckeye Showdown RecruitFest. We do this in order to give the players the opportunity to showcase their basic fundamentals and skills to college coaches before each pool play game, in case a certain player that the college coach is watching does not get much action during the actual game. Again, this is done at the request of the college coaches.At the scheduled start time (not before in case the college coaches are not present yet), the visiting team takes the field (unfortunately just the starting 9). The coach or an assistant then hits the ball in the following order.
All the players who the ball is not hit to should make their normal movements for coverage. If a girl muffs the ball or makes a wild throw, she does not get a second chance that round. You just move along to the next player. Please do this drill as quickly as possible. It seems like a lot, but it moves along very quickly if you use multiple balls. Do not hesitate between players.
When the drill is complete, the visiting team runs off the field and is replaced by the home team. The drill is then repeated as stated above. When the home team is finished with the drill they stay on the field and the game begins. If done properly, this drill should take approximately 5 minutes per team. We realize it shortens the game a bit, but again is is something done at the request of the college coaches. Again this drill is only done before the first 3 pool play games - it is not done in any of the remaining games you have. Also the format of the drill is not cut in stone - a slight variation that serves the same purpose is allowed (all players get equal defensive exposure and it is no longer than 5 minutes).