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Tricks and Tips for Developing Higher-Performing Catchers

Ask most people (especially their parents) and they will agree that catchers are the backbone of a quality fastpitch softball team. While pitchers get all the glory and the accolades, without a great catcher your team is likely to under-perform and lose more games than it should. Great catchers don’t just grow on trees, however. […]
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Nothing Like Starting with a Clean Slate

Fall ball is beginning to ramp up, at least in my area. A couple of teams I know played last week, and a whole bunch more are scheduled to play tournaments and/or round robins this weekend. (That’s fascinating to an old coach like me, by the way, since for most of my coaching career fall […]
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The Challenge of Relating to Your Players

Earlier this week I saw an interesting article in Cindy Bristow’s SE Insider newsletter. The article talked about how players have changed since “back in the day” (whenever that day was) and how coaches need to learn knew ways to communicate with them that matches their experiences. All valid thoughts, and things I’ve seen (and […]
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Turning On A Light Bulb About Efficiency In Movement

Achieving efficiency in athletic movements is one of the most important principles in maximizing performance. Yet it’s also a concept that’s difficult to grasp, especially for younger players. The drive to efficiency isn’t “fun.” It’s actually a lot of work, and usually starts with a lot more failure than success. It also often requires breaking […]
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Is Catcher Framing Worth It?

If there’s one thing you can count on, especially on the Internet, is if there is a prevailing opinion, sooner or later someone is going to offer a contrarian opinion. If nature abhors a vacuum, it’s also true that the Internet abhors agreement. What made me think about it was a recent discussion I saw […]
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Time To Take Some Time Off From Throwing

The season is over. Tryouts are over (at least for the most part.) What to do now? Gung-ho fastpitch softball families (are there any other kind?) might be tempted to start going at it hard and heavy to get ready for fall ball and the upcoming spring season. After all, if you’re not working to […]
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Tryouts – No Rest for the Weary

As someone who has been around fastpitch softball at the travel level for more than 20 years, I can’t help but shake my head at how early tryouts are these days. It’s hard to believe today but back when I first became involved, as the parent of a player in her first year of travel […]
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To Hit Rockets, Be Like A Rocket

Players, coaches, parents and fans all love them – those hits that take off like rockets. There’s nothing like seeing a well-struck, majestic line drive rising into the distance, especially if it clears a fence. Learning to hit those awesome rockets, however, can be counter-intuitive. As I have pointed out before, because you want to […]
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Tryouts aren’t just about skills

Time to bring back an “oldie but goodie” post because the advice is still relevant, and the topic is definitely timely with so many players (and coaches) in the midst of the tryout season. Showing well at a tryout isn’t just about having great skills. It’s also about looking like you’d be a great fit […]
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