Softball Pre Game Talk

I have seen many coaches wanting to get their team fired up for a playoff game or to get ready for the championship tournament bring out every trick in the book to feel like they might help the team to a win with words.  What many do not realize is that often the players are…

the softball pickoff

  A baserunner who takes a big lead on the pitch, or who is not alert when returning to the base after the pitch is a candidate for the softball pickoff play. The catcher, who has a full view of the field an can see all aspects of a play as it develops, is in…

Episode 29  – Preparing for Tournaments Show Notes Today I am going to talk about tournaments.  How do we prepare for them? What do we do between games, and how do we benefit from them. But first a word from our sponsor.  are you Looking for a new softball bat? If you want to save…

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…

the softball zone

The mental state where you feel you can perform at your best with confidence is your ideal performance state or the softball zone. This is also commonly referred to as “flow” or “the zone.” This state is almost like things happen so smoothly that you even lose track of time. Nothing is going to distract…

individual

  Who is your athlete? What are their goals in softball? How old are your athletes? Where are you at in your yearly training plan? Are your athletes involved in an individual strength and conditioning program? Too often coaches use a training plan that was successful for an elite softball program that might not be appropriate…

Basic Softball Rules

New players as young as 8 and up to seniors years old need to know some if not all of these rules.  Print out this information sheet and hand it out to your players or send it in an email.  This will help them not only to follow what is happening in a game but…

softball tutor success stories

Shannon McDougall and her Softball Tutor Academy has helped my team tremendously! I was a first year travel ball coach three years ago and looking for all the help I could get. I ran across Shannon’s Facebook page, Softball Tutor. What a great find that was! From drills to mental training, I was using all…

Environment Factors

Being an outdoor sport, softball rely’s on many environmental factors.  Our practice and tournament planning usually begins with a weather check and crossing our fingers if we see clouds accumulating in the vicinity of the field.  Creating the phone tree for rain outs and packing extra water for the heat are part of our duties…

Retirement from Softball

Athletes that have been involved in sport at a high level for most of their lives are accustomed to a certain level of day to day activity including fitness training.  Retirement from softball will change this. It is important to maintain a level of physical activity immediately after retirement to enhance the psychological and physical…

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