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History in Softball?


On Todays Morning Coffee With Fastpitch TV Gary Leland talks about “History in Softball?”

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The Player or The Bat?


On Todays Morning Coffee With Fastpitch TV Gary Leland talks about “The Softball Player or The Softball Bat?”

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High School Coaches

On Todays Morning Coffee With Fastpitch TV Gary Leland talks about “Select Players and High School Coaches”

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The Fastpitch Book

20 Great Coaches Give 20 Great Tools

The Fastpitch Book

The Fastpitch Book Compiled By Gary Leland

I reached out to my personal contacts list of coaches and asked each of them to submit their advice from their combined years of experience in fastpitch softball. I knew the advice and knowledge they would share could help everyone improve their game throughout their fastpitch softball career.

This book was then compiled of 20 of the best articles written by 20 great fastpitch softball coaches from around the nation. It also includes several bonus tips from many other professional coaches. This information is meant to give insight and thought processes in the game of fastpitch softball. Many tools and techniques behind what it takes to build a successful team. Gary does not state any of the advice is right or wrong, but is meant to give you many different coaches and parents thoughts on the subject.

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Here is the list of all the great contributors and what they wrote:

  • Aaron Weintraub – Mental Toughness Healthy Perspective
  • Bryan Burrows Ingalis – A New Approach to Catcher Training
  • Charity Butler – Confidence Coaching
  • Charlie Dobbins – A Completely Different Ball Game
  • Darrick Brown – Work + Love + Faith = Success
  • Joni Frei – Program Design and Implementation
  • Kaci Clark Zerbe – Popular Myth of Pitching in College
  • Keri Casas – The Hell Week Pitching Workout
  • Laura Berg – The Mindset of an Outfielder
  • Lisa Iancin – The Moment
  • Meagan Denny-White – Pitching With A Purpose
  • Michele Martin Diltz – Competitive Training
  • Mitch Alexander – Pressure Cooker
  • Rita Lynn Gilman – Double Ball Drills
  • Rob Crews – 7 Phases of Visual Mechanics
  • Shannon McDougall – Periodization, Yearly Training Plan
  • Shannon Murray – Pitcher Mental Toughness
  • Dr. Sherry Werner – DO’s / DON’Ts for Windmill Pitchers
  • Stacie Mahoe – How Extra Work Makes a Difference
  • Venus Taylor – Creating the Championship Culture
  • Bonus Chapter – 30 More Great Tips

Good luck reaching for your next championship!

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Brought to you by Gary Leland publisher of the Fastpitch Softball TV Network. Gary’s teams won the 14 and under, and the 15 and under Texas USSSA State championships back to back. His teams came in fourth and fifth in the USSSA National Championships for 14 under, and 15 under. Now he spends his time creating fastpitch softball blogs, books, videos, and podcasts. Fastpitch Softball is not only Gary’s passion, it is his full time job.

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Measurement of Success

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“Mesurement of Success” Written By Shannon McDougall

When you think of the word success in the context of sports, the first thing that most times comes to mind is winning. The first question that most people will ask when you told them you were just playing or coaching a game is “Did you win?”

I believe there are numerous ways to measure success. Yes the outcome of a game is one way however when we can include the successes that make us a better player and a better person on the field you have to think at the end of the day they will bring you success in as many ways as winning a game will. Here are some things to consider:

  • Improved Softball Skills
  • The ability to use sport skills off the field

Improved Softball Skills

We all have a starting point at the beginning of the season in softball.  We may be starting as a beginner way up to an advanced elite player. The thing to remember is that there are so many components of this game that there is always something that we can improve on.  Either as a coach or a player.

As a Player

If you can break down your skills and look at what you improved on and how you want to get better, it will allow you to focus on the process. There is no doubt that everyone improves on skills to some degree in a season.  It may be the precision of the skills or the ability to execute with more confidence under various conditions. When yourecall improvements, write them down in a journal so you can reflect on them and maybe even use them for planning your success for the following season.  You may need to use your coach to assist you in this activity as they are constantly observing your skills, as I am sure you are aware.

Skills Improvement Check list for Players:

  • Technical skills
  • Tactical skills
  • Mental training skills
  • Getting along with team mates
  • Relations with officials
  • Relations with the coaches
  • Coachability
  • Work ethic (focus during practices and games on working hard)
  • Self direction (ability to work hard without being told to)

As a Coach

As coaches, we need to always be reflecting back on a season and documenting the things that we want to improve on.  It may be our relations with our players, it may be our abilities to manage a game or how to ad variety to practices so that our players learn and have fun at the same time. This is our successes. We often use the scoreboard because that is what the associations and spectators or parents use.  We need to ensure that we are focusing on our coaching and leadership abilities as much as our players abilities because we are the ones that can have the most productive influence on how they improve.  As we know the number of areas that can be improved are many.  I measured my success on my teams by the number of returning players.  Yes I had successes on the scoreboard however my biggest goal was to develop players and I was very successful at that.

Some Skills to improvement checklist for Coaches:

  • organization skills
  • technical knowledge
  • tactical knowledge
  • player relations
  • mental training skills
  • mental training skills knowledge
  • relations with officials
  • relations with parents
  • physical skills knowledge

Ability to use sports skills off the field

There are so many skills from softball that can be taken off the field and into our daily lives. When we learn to interact with others during a game or practice it is much like interacting with friends or family when at school or home. When that game is an important one like in a tournament, we need the skills to be able to perform stressful conditions. How many times have you encountered stress away from the field? Have you considered using relaxation or cue words for example to get through that situation? You would be amazed at the similarities. The complexity of this sport demands that you think of at least 3 things all at one time while doing one of them. There are also many rules that need to be learned.  When you find yourself feeling like you can not learn something new at school or work, think about how many things you need to know about this game. I bet the number of things is not that different. There are 12 rules in softball but many, many more sub rules. That is a lot of information. You have to admit you are pretty smart if you can play this game.

Your Success

The main thing to remember when evaluating your season’s success is that it is YOUR success. You need to ensure that you do not compare yourself to others when considering what you have been able to achieve from the season and EVERYONE does achieve something. If you are having difficulty finding something, talk to team mates or coaches or supporters. You will find that in many leagues even officials will notice improvements because they love this game as much as we do.

Write down your successes at the end of every season and write down areas where you would like to improve. This will give you something to focus on that is not outcome oriented for the net season and something to look at when the season ends. Review them throughout the season as well to see how you are doing with them. And give yourself credit… (a high five) you have learned and done much more than you likely think you have.

Isn’t this game great!!