Tip of the Month

Tip of the Month

  • Coaching – Leadership
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    “If we had good kings, we all would still be monarchists.” ~ Lincoln Steffen

    As a coach you’re a leader, so be a good leader. The …

  • Communication – Smartphones
    communication player players smartphone correct video skill picture

    To help your players have a clearer picture of what you need them to do or to help them actually see what they’re currently doing …

  • Pitching – Screwball
    pitcher pitch screwball release in tilting back shoulder chest release point outward

    To help your pitcher’s make their screwballs go IN instead of up have them focus on tilting …

  • Hitting – Batting Stance
    hit hitting hitter stance fee bat field ground ball bend knees shift weight front feet tilt chest forward ideal body positionCatching – Throwing
    catcher catch throw throwing fielder cover spot fielder fielders

    Catchers spend most of their time throwing to players that are on the move hustling to cover a base in time to catch …

  • Fielding – Funneling
    field fielding fielder hands funnel funneling glove ball front eyes

    Funneling or giving with the hands doesn’t happen until the ball hits the glove. And the ball hits the glove out …

  • Pitching – Technique

    I’ve just discovered that a lot of young pitchers (12-17 yr olds) leap as a result of leaning their chest or head too far forward too far into their stride. While all pitchers need some amount of lean to start the pitch, once the stride foot drives forward the pitcher straightens up …

  • The Running Slap – Tip for Hitting the Ball
    Slapper running slap hands forward front foot

    To help your slappers keep from hitting the ball with the bat almost behind them, have them move their hands forward when they bring their back …

  • Pitching: Stride & Target Location
    Fastpitch Softball pitching tips on stride and target location

    Stride

    Need a Longer Stride? – try having your pitcher pitch from a baseball mound. If one isn’t available then build a slightly raised platform that’s about 4-8 inches high on one end and that goes to ground level …

  • Outfield: Judging Fly Balls
    Fastpitch Softball outfield tips for judging and catching fly balls

    Having trouble teaching your outfielders which balls will go over their head to go back on and which ones will land in front of them to move in on?

    If so, then here’s a quick way to help your …

  • Advice for Handling Rumors
    Fastpitch Softball Free Team Chemistry tips for coaches - stop the rumors with better communication

    Players love to talk and unfortunately many will talk about other players or about friends they all know. As adults we know that rumors aren’t things we want to encourage as they can be damaging …

  • Bunting: Proper Position in the Box

    Softball Tips on bunting - proper position in the batters box when bunting

    When You’re Bunting – Should You Be in the Back or Front of the Box?

    Each position in the batter’s box has different benefits for the bunter, so let’s check them out:

    Front of the Box – gives …

  • Hitting & Pitching Posture
    Fastpitch Softball Free Hitting and Pitching training tip  - keep your body like a stick

    If your body was a stick, keep the stick straight up and down when you’re hitting – or when you’re releasing the ball as a pitcher. This concept of a player’s body …

  • TEAM CHEMISTRY: NERVOUSNESS
    Softball the Mental Game - helping players handle there nerves during games how to stay focused

    To help your players handle their nerves during games help them understand how to control their focus in practice. When players are nervous their focus gets too big – meaning, they’re thinking …

  • Fielding: Count the Bounces
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    If you have a player that is struggling to field groundballs cleanly then try this simple tip – have them count the bounces!

    It’s very common for infielders, even expert fielding infielders, to suddenly become fumble-hands and not be able …

  • Throwing: How to Get More Speed on Your Throws
    Free Softball Instruction - throwing how to get more speed on your throws

    Looking to get a little more speed and “pop” on your player’s throws? If so then a little push just might do the trick.

    To help your players get a little more power and pop on …

  • Defensive Strategy: Batters Box Observation
    Coach Strategy

    Next time your team is on defense notice where the batter is standing in the batter's box. If the batter is in the front of the box (close to the pitcher) it makes it very hard for her …

  • Pitching – Screwballs
    screwball-v-curveball To help your pitchers get better movement on their Screwballs have them focus on leading with the thumb into the release. This helps position the hand better for a more complete finish of the snap instead of a common …
  • TEAM CHEMISTRY – WHAT’S STEALING YOUR THOUGHTS?
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    Are you or your players often struggling when the pressure’s on and it’s a tough situation? Or do you sometimes find your mind wandering off during the game? If YES, then something or someone is Stealing Your Thoughts. While …

  • Catching – Framing
    L05_cat_framing_12 To help your catchers improve their framing have them work on catching the “outside” part of the ball. Start them with their glove off and just working on hand position to the ball from a short distance using easy …
  • Offensive Strategy: Ground Ball Go Play
    Fastpitch Softball Free Offensive Strategy tips and tricks

    The next time you get a runner on 3rd base with average to good speed, and you have an average hitter up, try the Ground Ball Go play (often called the Angle-Down). What you want your batter to do is hit a …

  • Baserunning – Leadoffs
    baserunning leadoffs lead off player rocker sprinter start stride foot forward pitcher motion adjust jump jumps

    Want an easy way to teach your …

  • Indoor Practice
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    As many of you head into that part of the year when practicing indoors is your only alternative – then remember this. The next time you have to tape anything to the floor, like a base or a pitching rubber, use Floor Tape …

  • Hitting – Moving Hands Forward
    simple To help your hitters move their hands forward sooner in the swing instead of starting their swing almost behind them, have them think of their swing as a fan. Tell them the fan needs to open up in front …
  • Pitching – Selling the Change Up
    changeup-4

    To help your pitchers really sell their Change Ups better and get them all the way to the plate remind them that they aren’t pitching an egg! The ball won’t break, so don’t pitch it like it will – throw it! Make your …

  • Share it Their Way
    Youtube-Coach Looking for a great way to give your players some positive messages throughout the season? Try doing it via YouTube. Simply get out your video camera and film yourself saying some kind of message to your players. You could talk about an upcoming …
  • Push Bunts
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    To help ensure that your players get their push bunts through the infielders, have them setup with their weight over their back foot and their arms close to their chest. This makes it much easier to “Push” out …

  • Communication – Talking On The Field
    star If you’re having a hard time getting your players to talk on the ball field then try this -Split your players into teams of 4 and do the 20-40-60 drill. At the closest distance have them all say “Ball” …
  • Pitching – 7 Mini Battles
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    To help make a 7 inning game more manageable take a tip from UCLA’s head coach – Kelly Inouye-Perez – and break it down into 7 mini battles within the game. Work to win as many of these 7 different mini-battles as you …

  • Fielding – Infield Positioning
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    If you want to help your infielders get to a ball quicker then move them in, but know that you always give up something to get something. By moving in you’re in position to field a ball faster but you sacrifice range as a …

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