Articles & Videos in Coaching Articles

Finding Good Assistants Is Like Finding Gold [ARTICLE]

by NFCA's Fastpitch Delivery on

Whether the current assistant coach has been of value to a softball program is a subject worth review. Head coaches are generally under the scrutiny of the administration and always observed by parents and railbirds. But do assistant coaches get...... Continue

5 Practice Keys to Ensure a Great Season [ARTICLE]

by Softball Excellence on

The one thing all teams have in common is – they practice. School teams practice more than travel ball teams, and college teams more than high school, but either way, practice matters! While we all have different facilities, weather, budgets and...... Continue

Your New Softball Season Resolutions [ARTICLE]

by Softball Excellence on

With the New Year just beginning did you make some New Year's resolutions? Maybe you want to lose weight, or finish that certain project, or learn another language. But what things are you resolute to do for your upcoming softball season?... Continue

Motivation Versus Inspiration. Defining Moments. [ARTICLE]

by National Fastpitch Coaches Association on

I often hear talk about motivating your team... I get questions about how to do so and techniques that are long lasting. I have been asked more so lately than ever the difference between motivation and inspiration, some even going as far as asking...... Continue

It's Important to Define and Accept Roles [ARTICLE]

by NFCA on

Recently, I was watching a Sunday Night Football game between the San Diego Chargers and the New England Patriots. During the second quarter, Brandon Bolden blocked a punt that resulted in an injury to San Diego punter Mike Scifres...... Continue

On The Will To Win [ARTICLE]

by NFCA on

Are elite level athletes born, or are they made? I have asked and studied and asked again. And it always comes back to this: Greatness can easily be born, but certainly, with the right tools, can also be created. Having skills is helpful, but...... Continue

Seven Tips to Effective Conflict Resolution [ARTICLE]

by on

All of us experience disagreement and conflict in our lives. Unfortunately, the vast majority of us have never had any training on how to address and resolve a miscommunication or disagreement; situations become a hodgepodge of ignoring the...... Continue

Take Time to Reassess at Season's End - Tom Wysocki [ARTICLE]

by Fastpitch Delivery on

With the completion of the myriad "national" tournaments, the 2011 summer travel ball season has long been over. During the campaign, dreams came true and dreams were broken. At each season's end, we reassess and sometimes wonder if it's worth the...... Continue

Three Key Steps to Conquer Post-Season Pressure - Spencer Wood - Icebox Athlete [ARTICLE]

by Icebox Athlete on

Here is a sobering thought....In the entire history of high school and collegiate track, the most important individual and team championship skill is often the skill that is practiced the least...namely the ability to perform extremely well under...... Continue

You Can Also Be Aggressive in Team Defensive Situations - George Wares [ARTICLE]


he great game that we all love to play and coach is called fastpitch for a reason. It is "very" fast. When two very good teams compete against each other at almost any level, it usually comes down to each team having a couple of opportunities to...... Continue