Guest Author - Traci Falb
Part of good morale in a softball game is communicating with each other. This keeps everyone on the same page and lets the team know what is going on. Being prepared by knowing what is going on helps you get ready for the play before it happens. Players can keep track of outs, ball and strikes, and where runners are. Communicating this information helps the team run smoothly and can pep up anyone who is nervous.
Communication is essential when a fly ball is hit. Often, it is hit between two fielders and they must both go after the ball. When one of them calls it (or calls the other player off), they can go after it and hopefully catch it. I recently saw two sisters, who had been playing together for years, both run towards a high pop-up. Neither one called it and both had her eye only on the ball. They ran right into each other and both fell flat on the ground.
Infielders can sometimes tell before outfielders how far back a fly ball is going. They can then yell for them to back up or come in. The outfielder should listen to their cut-off person as to where to throw the ball, if it isn't to them. Players can help the catcher as well. All the equipment they have to wear blocks their vision so when there is a ball the catcher can get, players yell to her where it is. Players can console anyone who makes an error when they yell encouragements to them - something like "Shake it off" or "Get the next one."
First and third base coaches are invaluable when it comes to offense. They become a runners eyes and tell them what to do. For instance, a runner heading to first is instructed to either run through the base or head to second. If a runner is on first, the coach will give instructions on whether or not to steal second. The same goes with the third-base coach. As the player from second base approaches third, the coach will yell to either round the bag and head home or slide.
The whole team can cheer for the batter and boost everyone's spirit. It is very exciting, especially when the game is close, to have positive yelling to inspire players. Including everyone equally as part of the team brings the team closer together as they unite to win the game. If everyone works together and communicates well, there is less chance for error and improved chances good plays will be made