Each month, thousands of travel ball coaches scan the internet for fastpitch softball drills for 10U and 12U players. And thousands more for 8U, 14U, 16U and 18U.
While we often like to lump groups together into broad categories (travel ball, high school, rec league, etc.), the reality is that each group has subcategories with very specific needs. While many parts of the game apply for all age levels, an 8U or 10U player is much different than an 18U player. (more…)
How to have a successful transition and make a greater impact....
Each weekend, ball fields scattered across the country are filled with youth softball teams being coached by men (oftentimes a father of a player). Talk to many of them and you will find story after story of former baseball players that are now coaching fastpitch softball for the first time.
And loving it.
The game is addicting.
Once you get a taste of the faster paced game it can be hard to go back to coaching baseball.
I love baseball and hope my own son wants to play it when he gets older…
A great activity for building a culture of team unity
Building a culture of team chemistry takes time and intentional effort. It happens easier with some groups than others. In this weeks post I share one of my favorite team building activities for softball that can help you in this endeavor.
This is one of the activities that I teach coaches inside the Intermediate to Expert Team Building Course. It is one of my favorites because it can be done so quickly. And it will have a lasting impact on certain players.
It can even have a lasting impact on you as a coach! (more…)
4 pieces of equipment to take practice to the next level!
Ever watch a practice that looked unorganized? Or perhaps you wish you could feel a little more organized for your own practices? Sometimes a couple pieces of fastpitch softball equipment is all you need for taking your practices from good to great!
But as a travel ball coach, your budget may be limited. Been there. So where do you start? (more…)
Overcoming the "me-first" attitude with our players...
We all know the benefits of playing softball for our players. Or do we? Somewhere in the past 15 years the lines have been distorted regarding what these “benefits” exactly are.
I know a coach that once had a player tell him that she did not want to participate in his off-season activities any longer. It happens. I’ve had these types of conversations with players myself. (more…)
...and thoughts on running an effective indoor practice...
One of the challenges of coaching an outdoor sport is having to battle the elements. Having a plan with some indoor softball drills is a necessity if you coach “up north.”
When I was a college coach in Iowa, we spent the first 2 months of our season practicing in the schools recreation center. Even down here in sunny florida we battle the rain and occasionally rent the indoor softball facility down the street.
So what do you do when you have the limited space of an indoor facility? As a starting point you need to assess the indoor space and the equipment that you have.(more…)
As a high school or travel softball coach, chances are good that you use hitting stations to help organize your practices. Chances are also good that you use fastpitch softball batting tee drills as a part of those stations. If you aren’t, I highly recommend it. This is a great way to help your players get a lot of reps in a short period of time.
While I am not against having a full hitting practice on the field, I do not recommend doing this exclusively. Your girls need to see the end result of their hits on the field sometimes. However, if you ONLY hitting on the field then you are limiting the amount of reps your players are getting (not to mention having bored players). (more…)