Tips For Transitioning From Playing College Baseball To Rec-League Softball

When you’ve played baseball at the college level, you’re likely one of the best athletes in your social circle. This means that when it comes time for your friends or colleagues to form a recreational softball league, they might eagerly anticipate the idea of adding you to their roster. As a seasoned player, you’ll be able to help the team win some games — but it’s important to dial down your intensity a little. Rec-league softball isn’t as competitive as college baseball, so you don’t want to carry the same level of intensity that you had in college. Here are some changes that you’ll want to make to your game.

Don’t Slide In Hard

In recreational softball, some baserunners slide — and others do not. If you plan to slide on close plays, make sure that you do so cleanly. In college, a runner heading to second base will slide in hard with the intention of disrupting the second baseman or shortstop covering the base. The hope is that your slide can cause him to drop the ball or be knocked off balance and unable to throw the ball to first base to complete the double play. This isn’t part of the game in recreational softball, though, so make sure you slide only to the base, rather than at the fielder.

Don’t Rip Line Drives Up The Middle

While you can’t always dictate where your hits will go, you should try to avoid hitting line drives up the middle of the diamond. In college, doing so can be advantageous — a hard line drive that deflects off a pitcher’s glove can carom away from him, allowing you to scamper to first base. In recreational softball, the pitcher’s rubber is significantly closer than in college baseball, meaning that your hard line drive up the middle could injure the pitcher.

Don’t Make Snap Throws

In baseball parlance, a snap throw is a quick one that is designed to catch a runner off guard. For example, a catcher might make a snap throw to first base to catch a runner standing a foot off the base. In college, you can count on your teammate being ready for a snap throw at all times. This isn’t necessarily the case in rec-league softball, though. A snap throw could easily surprise your teammate and he or she may not be able to react before getting hit by the ball and injured. As such, it’s best to avoid snap throws.

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