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The Up and Down Side of Modeling Elite Players

One of the first (and most important) pieces of advice I give to parents who are trying to decide on a path for instruction for their daughters is to look at what elite-level players do. If you’re not being taught that, you should re-think what you’re doing. Take pitchers for example. If you want to […]
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Re-thinking How to Use a Radar Unit

I am going to admit right up-front that I have always had a somewhat tenuous relationship with radar guns/units for pitchers. At first it wasn’t too bad. I bought a Glove Radar and attached it to my catcher’s glove to check my own daughter’s speed. It was fine for that purpose, especially since we weren’t […]
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Helping Pitchers Cure Monkey Butt/Ninja Position

One of the common flaws you will see even in otherwise strong pitchers is a tendency to stick their butts out toward first base (right handed pitcher) or third base (left handed pitcher) after they land. I call it monkey butt, since that’s how many primates “present,” while Rick Pauly calls it the “ninja” position. […]
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Hitters: Never Get Stuck on Your Back Foot

You see this all the time working with fastpitch hitters. They look great on the tee – good load and stride, good sequence of hips-shoulders-bat, and a powerful outcome. Then you start front tossing to them, or having them hit off a pitching machine, and it’s as though some alien who has never swung a […]
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Be As Water

One of the most well-known pieces of advice from the late, great Bruce Lee was a simple three-word statement: be as water. For those interested in more of what he meant, or who are just wondering who the heck Bruce Lee was, here’s a video:   While Lee’s advice was ostensibly meant to encourage martial […]
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Congratulations to Allison Musgrove for Signing at Marian University

This is the type of post I always love to write because it means someone has fulfilled a goal. So today I want to take the opportunity to congratulate Allison Musgrove, who plays for Harvard High School and the McHenry County Heatwave, for officially signing to play softball next year at Marian University in Fond […]
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A Brief Thank You

I know just about everyone is still in holiday mode so I’ll keep this one quick today. I just want to thank everyone who has come out to Life in the Fastpitch Lane to read the posts, as well as those who have shared them and commented on them throughout the year. Thanks to you, […]
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In Hitting, the Arms Can Only Do One Thing; Choose Wisely

As fastpitch softball hitters begin to experience some success with making contact, their next natural evolution is to want to hit the ball harder. Often what that amounts to is trying to swing the bat harder with their arms. It makes sense in a way. You’re holding the bat in your hands, which are attached […]
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