Lets talk about softball record keeping and how many coaches are record keeping with games already, but do other activities have a record keeping purpose.  Do you have your athletes keeping records?  What are some unknown benefits of keeping records on regular events.  Many of us use record keeping for statistics.  We do…

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

Episode 12  – The Last Game Show Notes Today we are going to talk about what to do now that your last game of the season has been played. What do the players do? How do you transition now into the next season. Now lets talk about what happens after your last game of the…

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…

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