Softball Coaching and Training – The Importance of Video Analysis

As I told you 2 days ago, I spent the weekend doing professional development in Portland, Oregon. I took the NFCA Coaches College 402 course on advanced analysis of hitting and pitching with Kirk Walker, Margie Wright and Don Slaught. While I had previously been exposed to a lot of the course material, you still … Read more

Softball Hitting – How to Hit Homeruns

Hitting homeruns or rocket shots ain’t easy. However, curiously, if you ask any hitter who just hit one out of the park to describe what she was thinking about right before she hit the ball and how her swing felt – you will find that most hitters will give you pretty similar answers. If you … Read more

Coaching Youth Softball – Working with the Body, Not Against It

They say that… ..the day you stop learning you die. ..coaches who stop going to clinics and courses and always seeking better ways of doing things should retire. …all the most successful people in society are lifelong learners and never stop learning. Well, since I am not anywhere close to dying or retiring and that … Read more

Softball Hitting – Batting Practice is Much More Than Swing Training

Today, I was talking to the coach of a 14U team who is struggling at the plate. They haven’t been hitting well this year at all. After asking him several questions, it became pretty clear what the problem might be. You see – according to him, they work a lot on hitting. I told him … Read more

Softball Skills Training – Learning Takes Time

Coming back to coach at the 16U level is  an interesting experience. I realize more than ever than kids today want results now. If it doesn’t work right away, it’s no good! Why is that? They are used to getting everything right away. They live in a world with… – Instant chat – Instant texting … Read more

Softball Tips – 10 Rules to Shift the Odds In Your Favor

I’m a firm believer is shifting the odds in your favor. Softball is somewhat of a complex game. Yet, to be successful, it comes back to accomplishing a few very simple things. Doing those simple things will “shift the odds in your favor.” What are these simple things? Here’s my top 10 list of rules … Read more

Playing Softball – Are You Making Adjustments?

Yesterday, with my new team we played three games. I am certainly happy with our 3 wins. However, what I’m most happy about is the fact that I see my players learning and progressing. That’s my number one goal especially in the off-season. One of the concepts that I have really been emphasizing over the … Read more

Softball Training and Conditioning – The Use of Home Workout Videos – Part 2

Yesterday, I was telling you that I did a phone consultation with the coach of one of the best 18U Gold team in the USA. And during our discussion, we talked about the fact that doing home workout videos isn’t ideal for softball players. Following yesterday’s email, many reacted and sent us comments about the … Read more

Coaching Softball – How to Teach the Game

Not long ago, I was observing a coach teach hitting. It was obvious he knew something or two about softball hitting. But he was really bad at teaching it. His players had a hard time applying what he was teaching. Here’s what he was doing. He kept telling his players about what they shouldn’t do … Read more

Softball Training – How Strength Makes You Faster

Yesterday, I told you that if you want to get faster, you need to get stronger. Let me tell you why. Muscles do produce forces. When you apply forces to the ground with strong and powerful steps, the ground gives you back that energy. Basic principle of physics. Think of it this way. If you … Read more