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Catching – Balance

To help your catchers maintain better balance whether in their signal or receiving stances, have them tilt their knees forward, or down. This will prevent their weight from being back on their rear end and heels.

 

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Pitching – Drop Ball

To help your pitchers not get too far out in front of their drop ball resulting in a flat pitch, have them take their stride UP instead of out. This will help shorten their stride slightly and will also help...

 

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Confidence

Confidence comes from: Preparation: knowing that you are ready for whatever you're facingPraise: compliments and encouragement help increase beliefPast Performances: doing well in the past helps you believe you'll do well now

 

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Hitting

You can push something far more powerfully than you can pull it, so get your hands in front of your body when hitting a ball instead of turning your body and dragging your hands through the zone.

 

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Backhands

To help your players keep their gloves and bodies close to the ground and the ball when fielding a backhand, have your players bend their back knee instead of tilting toward the ball with their heads.

 

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Recruiting

College Coaches specialize in recruiting, which means they must become expert talent detectors. Part of talent is desire and love of game. Coaches listen to hear if you really love to play softball (and they also watch for the other...

 

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Pitching – Targets

If your pitcher is struggling to hit her target after making adjustments, tell her to change her visual target. If she's missing high - pick a lower target, and if she's missing low - find a slightly higher target. Change...

 

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Slapping – Bat Control

To help your slappers have better bat control on their soft slaps, sometimes called touch slaps, have them work on finishing with the end of their bat pointing where they want the ball to go. This will prevent them from...

 

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Catching – Umpire’s Zone

By the end of the 1st inning have your catchers come back to the dugout and not only tell you exactly where the strike zone is to THIS umpire, but have them write it down on the following picture (so...

 

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Coaching Strategy

Next time you're coaching 3rd base and faced with the decision whether to hold your runner or send her on to score, consider this - is the outfielder having to field a ground ball? If so, send her. Even at...

 

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Hitting – Arrows

Balls don't have brains, they only go where we tell them to go. Every bat has an invisible arrow shooting out of the barrel. Wherever this arrow points when the bat hits the ball is where the ball will go…arrow...

 

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