Softball/Baseball Coaching Tips & Drills "12 of my Favorite Coaching Drills" by Coach Nick Dixon - Hit2win.com
Excellant tips and drills page at Hit2win.com. Drill covered include, #1 "Pitch Tracking", Drill #2 Live "BP"
FUNGO,Drill #3 "Make Believe" Infield, Drill #4 "Japanese"
Pitching Drill, Drill #5 5-Position PreGame
Hitting Warm-up, Drill # 6 Wall Ball Hitting Drill, Drill #7 The 20 & 4 Pitching Drill, Drill #8 Double Buckets GB Drill,
Drill #9 Cut-off Relays, Drill # 10 DIRT LINES "Ground Ball Drill", Drill # 11 Bunt Pepper and Coaching Tips
and Comments. Highly recommended site by the SOFTBAL 2Day Coaching Journal staff.
Girls fastpitch Windmill Pitching by Bill Dryden
On these pages, you will find tips, drills, explanations, etc. for aiding the windmill pitcher. Topics covered include Mental
Aspects, Drills, Hitting your spots, Mechanics of the Windmill Pitch, Achieveing Movement, Troubleshooting Q&A and Mechanic
Photo Examples. Excellant site. Highly recommended by the "S2DCJ Staff".
Catcher's Corner - " A place just for catchers"
This outstanding site's purpose is the improvement of fastpitch catcher performance. Site's excellant content includes Fielding
Bunts, Framing, Pitcher/Catcher Chart, Pitch Selection, The Role of the Catcher and The Stance.
Excellant site for coaches
Smart Outfield Play Wins Games By Tim Wargo
Excellant article on the impotance of "outfield play".
EXCERPT: "This is why you must develop the outfielder
as a team within the team. They must help each other on every play. Communication skill must be developed in practices. Look
at my situation in my game experience. Had I known the center fielder would back me up, I would have charged the ball trying
to catch it in the air. We weren't taught that so I was "on my heels" hoping the worst wouldn't happen instead of
aggressively attacking the ball. My center fielder was a spectator to the play and I was doomed from the 1st day of practice.
Even on the "routine" plays the closest other outfielder must be sprinting to help should a mistake occur. When
the ball gets by or is hit over the head of an outfielder all THREE outfielders should be involved in the play. While one
cashes and retrieves the ball, the second outfielder becomes the relay and the third outfielder communicates where the play
needs to be made back in the infield. It's like confronting a "tough guy". You are certainly going to be more aggressive
and confident if you know you have somebody that will back you up."
Building Team Speed with Speed Training by Terry Shaw Texas Speed
Article has tips related to improving team speed.
EXCERPT: "The work
out shown below is most effective if the athlete can participate three times per week, with a day of rest between each workout,
for twelve weeks. Because the goal is to increase speed in a 60' sprint for softball, I would suggest timing each athlete
in a 60' sprint before starting the work out and again after the twelve weeks is over."
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Practice Organization And Management
Practice, Practice, Practice Makes Perfect, Perfect, Perfect
It's often been said that athletic contests are won or lost in practice. In almost all organized (high school or college)
team sports, hours are spent in putting a team together and working out plays and strategies. Good coaches spend a lot of
time planning these practice sessions, making them challenging and interesting. More importantly they are designed with objectives
to improve both the team and the individual player. These coaches usually win more than they lose, and they have gained a
solid measure of success turning out great individual players.