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Here is our Top recommended books. They are in no particular order.

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1. Book: "Focused for Fastpitch" by Gloria Solomon  - This book is excellent. Informative yet easy to read, mastering the Focused for Fastpitch training principles requires no prior experience, and each chapter includes interactive exercises and charts to help monitor progress. Each drill clearly specifies the mental and physical skills targeted, the goal, proper execution, coaching tips, and variations for increasing or decreasing  difficulty. And for additional insight into successful skill building, some favorite drills are included from these top coaches.

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2. Book: The Softball Coaching Bible by National Fastpitch Coaches Association - In The Softball Coaching Bible, 28 of the top U.S. coaches share their principles, insights, strategies, methods, and experiences to help you enhance the experience and development of your own athletes. The topics range from teaching the best skills and drills to subjects rarely written about, such as developing responsible athletes and building
character and loyalty in players.

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3. Book: "The Softball Pitching Edge" by Cheri Kempf -This book offers an in-depth look into the art and science of softball pitching that will help you develop elite-level fastpitch
skills through drills and expert technical advice.
The Softball Pitching Edge shows the correct way to deliver the ball from the rubber
to the plate to maximize effectiveness and minimize the risk of injury. It’s the first book on fastpitch softball to dissect the pitching motion through pictures and drawings of the correct mechanics. It also explains how to master those mechanics so that you can throw
with greater control and speed. You’ll also find specific instruction on developing a variety of pitches, including the drop, the change-up, the rise, the curve, and the screwball. This book can be used to improve your technique and add new pitches to your arsenal for more strikeouts and greater success on the mound.

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5. Book: "Winning Softball Drills" - 4th Edition by Dianne Baker, Texas Woman's University - This book is a softball coach's manual that's used to choose and organize practice drills for all fundamentals of the game. It is used to help coaches get the most from their athletes during practice through the
use of specific drills and to help coaches produce organized and time-efficient practices. This is the 4th printing so this is a very popular reference used by many coaches. This new issue is spiral bound which should make it easier and more durable. This is a great book that you will be use every day.

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6. Book: "101 Offensive Softball Drills" by Sue Enquist (UCLA) - This book is a must for all coaches at all levels. It has 101 drills for developing offensive softball skills. Covers lower body hitting drills, upper body hitting drills, combination hitting drills, batting tee, soft toss, timing and rhythm, bunting, baserunning, sliding, mental drills, and much more.

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7. Book: Softball Pitching Fundamentals and Techniques by Carrie Dever-Boaz (University of Arkansas) -- Covers the basics, throwing different pitches, mental preparation, physical preparation (including off-
season workouts), drills, and much more.

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8. Book: "Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully" by Kathy Veroni - With practice and conditioning plans, administrative forms, sample scouting charts, tactics for dozens of game situations, and more than 130 drills, Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully is the most complete resource available for aspiring and experienced coaches alike. Take advantage of the authors’ expertise to gain a winning edge over your competition. provides the guidance and technical expertise you need in order to build and maintain a competitive team, covering every facet of leading a squad on the field and developing a program off of it.

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9.Book: Peak Conditioning Training for Softball by Thomas Emma (Power Performance, Inc.) -Peak Conditioning Training for Softball is a step-by-step guide for how to get into optimum softball shape. It presents a comprehensive and
easy-to-understand blueprint that players and coaches can follow on a year-round basis. The book provides step-by-step instructions
for improving on-the-field performance by developing the key fitness components for softball. Topics include nutrition; conditioning
basics; warm-up, cool-down, and flexibility; strength training exercises; balance training; plyometric drills; speed, quickness, and
agility exercises; and more.

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10. Book: "Softball Fundamentals" by Rick Noren -Book covers how to execute each of the game’s key skills properly through the concise instruction and accompanying photos presented
for each technique. More than 48 gamelike drills will speed your skill learning and improve your performance. You’ll also learn
how to apply your newfound skills in game situations and gain an understanding of offensive and defensive tactics to get an edge over your opponents.