Strength Training in Practice

  The emphasis on physical training for softball is dependent on the philosophy of the coaching staff and available resources.  What many do not understand though is that you do not need to be at the fitness centre to implement strength training into your program.  All you need is to do some research to be creative…

Strength Training Coach Education

When working with youth in any capacity, safety needs to be the number one concern and this can be found with knowledge and making ensuring that  those working with your softball players have adequate strength training coach education.  Softball has enormous potential for injury not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.  When we…

Playing in the heat

As the summer gets hotter the threat of heat stroke gets more real.  Hydration, good nutrition, fitness and cool breaks are critical in the prevention of heat related illness and fatigue.  I often saw during tournaments, players sitting in the sun or running around and playing in the heat (when I coached minor ball) in between…

Physical Training For Softball

    A well trained athlete will be much less likely to be affected by fatigue, which will ultimately affect technical/tactical and mental skills. There are 3 types of skills in used in sports physical training.  Not all are as specific to softball as in other sports.  Physical training for softball should be sport specific.  Youth however…

Softball Anatomy and Physiology

Having an understanding of softball anatomy and physiology is helpful in planning programs that will maximize our athletes abilities to execute skills successfully.  We are made up of 206 bones and 640 muscles.  When you consider what is actually happening inside our bodies during the execution of a skill, you can only be amazed at the…

Softball Maximum Strength

Strength is the foundation for most skills in softball.  Skills such as power and speed will be enhanced which maximizes skill execution with adequate strength.  The amount of time spent on Softball Maximum Strength training phase will depend on the length of the preparation phase or the pre season. How strong an athlete becomes is…

Strength and Conditioning for Softball

Strength and Conditioning for Softball is a key component in this game as it is in most sports.  In this game, it is critical to the speed needed for most of the skills.  Without adequate power you will not be able to develop maximum speed to execute skills such as base running and many aspects of fielding. Endurance…

Softball Biomechanics

    Softball Biomechanics are essentially the mechanics of our biological movements.  By having labels for movement it is easier to relate the activities to movements and when needing to explain to colleagues. Softball Biomechanics Terminology Directional Terms Superior – closer to the head (the shoulder joint is superior to the hip joint) Inferior –…

Fitness Benefits of Softball

How will the fitness tests help me be a better softball player? Aerobic Power – 8 minute run Aerobic means “with oxygen”. It is also call endurance or cardio vascular fitness. In other words, it is how well your heart and lungs provide oxygen (air) to your muscles. During the 8 minute run, you began…

Energy System

We derive energy from the food we eat which is stored in the muscle cells in the form  ATP.  The ATP is composed of 1 molecule of adenosine and 3 molecules of phosphate.  That is as far as I am going to explain in this softball energy system section as the whole idea of this site…

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