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What are your Coaching Resolutions? [ARTICLE]

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Everyone loves a fresh start. There is something about Jan. 1 and a new year that brings a "clean slate" feeling. Truthfully, this is my youngest sister's favorite...... Continue

There's No Substitute For Accuracy With Subs [ARTICLE]

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Making substitutions and changing the lineup during a game are frequent occurrences. They may involve a straightforward change, such as a pinch...... Continue

Coach Communication Guidelines Self-Assessment [ARTICLE]

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1. Messages should be direct. Coaches who are weak on this quality avoid straightforward, direct communication. Their athletes may not know where they stand. These coaches...... Continue

Cultivate a 'WOW' Factor With Your Pitchers [ARTICLE]

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Have you ever watched a pitcher and your first thought was, "Wow, that kid can pitch?" I love when I see that. I am not as happy when we are about to play that pitcher, but none the less I love to...... Continue

Indoor Skill Practice [ARTICLE]

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Skill Practice: Divide the gym in half and use half for bunting and slapping practice and the other half for fielding practice. Side A - Outfielders and...... Continue

Things to Consider When Setting Team Rules [ARTICLE]

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Most coaches set team rules or expectations. These can help to provide a clear sense of your program's values and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Sometimes, they can be an insurance policy for a coach - a tangible document that you can point...... Continue

Ingredients for Motivating Players in Practice [ARTICLE]

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The following are the ingredients for motivating practice perfect softball: Emphasize the fundamentals of the game. Emphasize the execution of each of those fundamentals. Emphasize the feeling of the game, not just going...... Continue

A Throwback Game to Increase Your Players Competitiveness [ARTICLE]

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Want 500 ways to make your team more competitive? While that might sound like an exaggeration, this throwback game called 500 will transform even the timid. Getting your players to compete is crucial for game success, but we all know how hard...... Continue

There's Value and Talent at all Levels [ARTICLE]

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Many of us who coach at colleges and universities often capitalize on the opportunities to work outside camps and clinics in an effort to supplement our income, network and recruit. In addition, many of us are truly passionate about...... Continue

Interference Rules Can Be Controversial [ARTICLE]

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Last month we started a series of articles covering the controversial subject of interference. In that article we started breaking down this somewhat confusing rule into its key components: 1. WHO commits the interference (runner, batter, coach)...... Continue