Soft Training Baseballs and Reduced Impact Baseballs

By staff •  Updated: 03/14/17 •  5 min read


A standard baseball is obviously the best when you want to simulate any normal baseball hitting or fielding drill. But they are also hard, travel farther and can do more damage, especially when practicing indoors during the offseason. That’s why soft or reduced impact baseballs are becoming more popular with coaches and players alike. You still get the standard look, feel and size of a regulation ball, but without the possibility of doing damage or hurting one of your players.

We’ve looked at some of the top reduced impact balls on the market and provided some feedback on them. Here you go.

SKLZ Reduced Impact Safety Baseballs

[easyazon_infoblock align=”left” identifier=”B003D6FEYA” locale=”US” tag=”myyouthbaseball-20″]Recommended for children and novices, these reduced impact baseballs from SKLZ are effective for training. Unlike standard regulation models with hard cores, these balls have a somewhat soft feel that protects users from injuries. They are also perfect for eliminating fear and building confidence during practice.

These baseballs have the standard circumference (9-inches) of regulation baseballs. They are also durable and have the physical and visual cues of competition-grade regulation baseballs.

[easyazon_infoblock align=”left” identifier=”B00OWAA2LG” locale=”US” tag=”myyouthbaseball-20″]

Rawlings Softcore Fabric Cover Training Baseball

Champro Safe-T-Soft Baseballs

[easyazon_infoblock align=”left” identifier=”B004XMB884″ locale=”US” tag=”myyouthbaseball-20″]Description:

– Solid foam rubber core

– Vinylon finish wind

– Synthetic cover

– High School indoor practice

– Level 5 – low compression baseball

– Raised Seam

MacGregor Unbelieva-BALL 9-Inch Baseball

[easyazon_infoblock align=”left” identifier=”B000MRHCB6″ locale=”US” tag=”myyouthbaseball-20″]Perfect for practice inside or outdoors, the ball’s soft foam core helps eliminate sting in the event of ball-and-player contact, so your athletes can hone their skills without the fear of injury. Work with your pitchers and fielders on their throwing accuracy and speed, as the raised seams make it easy to grip and control the ball. Your equipment is a reflection of your team, so keep the ball looking brand-new by machine-washing it after intense practices.


Soft Baseball Drills

Hitting – Soft Toss

[easyazon_infoblock align=”left” identifier=”B004MKUZJK” locale=”US” tag=”myyouthbaseball-20″]This drill can be done indoors or outdoors. You’ll want to use a soft baseball when doing it indoors but can also use a soft baseball outdoors so that the ball won’t carry as far.

Fielding – Soft Hands Drill

[easyazon_infoblock align=”left” identifier=”B01M11AXG9″ locale=”US” tag=”myyouthbaseball-20″]The idea with this drill is to get players using both hands, without a glove, and fielding the ball while making sure they stay in front of the ball and practice their footwork.


Fielding – One Hop Drill

[easyazon_infoblock align=”left” identifier=”B008BG4QC8″ locale=”US” tag=”myyouthbaseball-20″]This drill focuses on catching the short hop throw.


Baseball Situations Quiz

Do you know the essentials of baseball situations with runners on and the ball put in play? Take our baseball situations quiz and test your knowledge!

More Baseball Quizzes

More quizzes here: Baseball Quizzes

Get Coach Dan’s Book With Over 200 Tips

[easyazon_cta align=”none” identifier=”B072F1FRX9″ key=”wide-orange” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”myyouthbaseball-20″]

Special Offer

Special discount for MYB readers: Get over 200 baseball drills, 100 videos and dozens of practice plans with a Baseball Zone Membership. Use discount code “HOMERUN” for 25% off today. Sign up now.

Get Our Free Baseball Drills & Skills eBook!

Learn More

Essential Equipment for Your Baseball Player

Hitting Mechanics Videos

Teaching Basic Pitching Mechanics

Essential Baseball Hitting Drills

Infield Basics and Fundamentals

All 200+ of Our Articles