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Important Keys to Coaching the Female Athlete - Cindy Bristow - Softball Excellence [ARTICLE]

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Have you ever disciplined one of your softball player's only to have 3 other players mad at you for a week? Or had one of your best athletes not really trying her hardest no matter what you did to convince her otherwise? If so then you really need...... Continue

Lessons Learned from Failure are ours to Decide as Coaches [ARTICLE]

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The worst part, of course, was the look on her face. Shock that I could do this to her, pain that I, who supposedly loved her, could be so insensitive. Tears welled up, and then like a dam unable to bear the weight of water, poured over her...... Continue

Teach Your Players to be Aggressive in Short Game - George Wares [ARTICLE]

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How often have we had a discussion as coaches after a game, and said "We just could not handle their pitcher."? If you are like us, probably more than you would like. In softball, unlike baseball, we have to face the other team's "ace" most of the...... Continue

You Never Stop Scouting Your Opponent - Bill Edwards [ARTICLE]


Bill Edwards' belief in the "game within a game" philosophy is one of the biggest tools in his coaching arsenal. This two-part series detailing this philosophy begins this month with "You Never Stop Scouting Your Opponent" and will conclude next...... Continue

Four Guidelines for Any Coach [ARTICLE]


I will be the first to admit that I have been very lucky in this business. My career has allowed me to live a life which most softball coaches can only dream of. I have won national championships, coached All-Americans and served on the USA ...... Continue

Seven Tips for Better Hitting - Ken Krause [ARTICLE]


There has been a revolution in the game of fastpitch softball in the past few years - the introduction of powerful and reliable hitting. While it used to be a given that any game between two even halfway decent teams or above would end in a score...... Continue

Toss Drills [ARTICLE]

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These drills are useful because they do not require a lot of space or expensive equipment. Players can use rubber softballs, old softballs (tape the balls if the seams are coming apart), and Wiffle balls and can hit into a fence, carpet, curtain...... Continue

Base Running - Light vs. Sound Approach [ARTICLE]

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Our philosophy of base running is based on two concepts Light vs. Sound plus ownership of the skill. Generally speaking, one of the skills lacking of players when they come to college is the understanding of base running. Base running is not to be...... Continue

Stealing a Base [ARTICLE]

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Stealing bases is a useful component of fast-pitch softball because the speed of play is dramatic with the bases just 60 feet apart. A successful steal can build offensive momentum and increase the pressure on the pitcher and defense by moving...... Continue

Speed Training for Softball Base Running [ARTICLE]

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In softball, getting on base is purely about speed. A quick jump toward first base after a batter makes contact with the ball is often the difference between reaching safely or being called out.... Continue