If you coach travel softball, it’s a good chance you are volunteering your time. Or at least very close to volunteering. This is the case with a very high percentage of the Softball Coach Online newsletter subscribers.
Every once in a while, I receive a notification from a subscriber that falls outside the “norm” of the typical high school or travel ball coach that subscribes to our content.
Today I want to share about a very unique type of volunteer softball coaching that you might not have anywhere on your “radar.”
And that’s Special Olympics softball.
A few months back I received an email subscriber notification from Bill Fields, and it caught my attention. So I reached out and Bill agreed to give me some information about the coaching that he has been doing for many years.
Like many of us, he got “hooked” into coaching to help one of his own children. And he has been doing it ever since.
Keep reading to learn about this very cool program, and how you might be able to get involved. Here are the questions that I asked Bill and the responses he gave:
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…)
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…)
If you have been coaching for any length of time, you are well aware of the challenges. Motivating a team to play at their best can be fun, frustrating, exhilarating, and exhausting all wrapped into one. You can go from feeling awesome one day to wondering what the heck happened the next.
It is the only place where your efforts are put on display in front of the “masses.” And some individuals WILL think you are a genius one minute and an idiot the next.
My first year as a head coach I thought it was my duty to yell at my players when they made a mistake, didn’t play up to their potential, etc. I was not a “monster,” but I definitely handled some things in a way that was…well…less than impressive.
One of the moments that I have never forgotten during that season was when my first baseman dropped a routine pop-up. Of course it was a close game, and this dropped ball was with 2 outs. And of course…we ended up losing.
You devote a lot of time outside of your “day job” to spend time teaching, encouraging, and developing your players. Because time is limited, softball team building activities often get pushed onto the “back-burner.”
And that’s completely understandable. Even if you only put in the minimal amount of time, the reality is that you are spending valuable time coaching that you could be spending with your family or doing other things. (more…)