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Softball Success Planning

What is a softball success planning in your specific competitive situation?  We generally hear about Periodization and Annual Training Plans when we are considering coaching a highly elite team, or are required to create one as a part of educational training.  The Annual plan can be as detailed or as simple as you need it to…

Softball Skills Training

Coaches and leaders are engaging in some form of performance analysis at all times.  Whether it is simply observing skills or videotaping a game for review at a later time.  The key in successful analysis is not only in utilizing tools for analysis but actually using the data that is collected in the softball skills…

tapering for softball

  When people think of tapering, they  think about reducing the workload and regenerating the mind and body before  a main competition.  This is where the peaking and tapering for softball leads to.  Preparing the body and mind for the competition with the appropriate amount of training, recovery, nutrition and re-energizing.   The Goal of Competition Tapering

softball periodization

Periodization is the term used for an annual training plan that is divided into phases of training.  It is a plan for success by training all components to peak at the exact time that they are required for optimal performance. It begins with an end in mind and works backwards to make sure you have addressed…

Softball Training Variables

  Softball training variables are the components of training which are focused on a specific phase of the yearly training plan.  The activities chosen based on volume and intensity of training, will depend on the conditioning of your team and your athletes, the age of your athletes and the time available for training which is related to…

softball game model

  Building a softball game model is essentially mimicking the conditions of the game.  This will then be used in training to add specificity to your practices and workouts.  There are many factors to consider in developing a model for softball.  Factors which include: duration of games / tournaments environmental factors social factors This component…

softball microcycle

A softball microcycle is essentially a weekly plan. Where all the day to day training and competition activities are planned. All physical, technical/tactical and mental training components can be planned from this place. By having the Microcycles numbered, it is easier to associate specific weeks with specific yearly training plan goals. They will not all…

Softball Macrocycle

Macrocycles are training periods that have a number of microcycles (weekly training plans) within them, usually 2-6. It is a way to divide up your season into more manageable time periods to ensure that all of the important components of softball are trained most effectively throughout the different training phases.  A guideline for softball macrocycle durations…

Softball Game Skills Periodization

  We generally strive for perfecting technical skills for a perfect outcome.  Softball game skills periodization is the preparing of athletes to best execute those skills with the perfection that they are seeking.  Perfecting skills does not only prevent errors, but it also creates an efficient use of energy which will be helpful in recovery…

Softball Transition Phase

  By the end of the season, your team will be experiencing psychological and physical fatigue.  The higher the competition level and intensities, the higher the amount of fatigue.  CNS fatigue will take longer than physical fatigue that will dissipate within a few days.  The softball transition phase is where many of the recovery /…

   
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